Germany’s health minister warns of flu vaccination shortage

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Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn on Wednesday said the country had ordered additional 6 million doses of flu vaccines to prevent shortages and to reduce the risk of simultaneous influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks.

“Germany ordered 26 million doses in total,” said Spahn, who got an influenza injection at Berlin’s Charite Hospital the same day.

“There might be temporary delays in the delivery of the vaccine. But we have no supply shortages,” he added, according to Reuters, as the country is trying to enable as many citizens as possible to get the shot.

In late September, Deutsche Welle reported that according to Germany’s public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), between 5% and 20% of people in Germany become infected with flu viruses every year.

Awaiting the seasonal flu, Germany is trying to cope with the Coronavirus emergency, with the country recording on Tuesday more than 5,000 cases for the first time since the peak of the crisis in April. Data provided by RKI showed 5,132 new cases within 24 hours and 43 new deaths. 

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