The German government plans to release an additional item of 6.2 billion euros to the purchase of vaccines against Covid-19, as reported by the Finance Ministry to the parliamentary budget committee. This figure is the sum of the orders already made through the European Commission and the negotiations that Germany carries out independently with the manufacturers. The additional funds envisaged by the department headed by the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz will raise to 8,890 million the amount that Germany will allocate this year to the purchase of vaccines. According to the Secretary of State for Finance, Bettina Hagedorn, this money will allow the Ministry of Health to purchase 635 million doses.

Germany has 82 million inhabitants, of which 69 million are over 16 years old and can therefore be vaccinated. Given that the vaccines currently on the market require two doses, the federal government will have, if the parliamentary budget committee gives its approval to the minister’s plans, twice what it needs to inoculate 100% of its population. So far, however, and given the problems in the supply chain, 3.3 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered in Germany. 2.8% of the population has received the first.

The acceleration of vaccines has become the main objective of the German authorities, fearful that the rapid spread of new variants of the virus will ruin the effort made so far. Germany has followed strong restrictions against the pandemic since last November. This Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the presiding ministers of the “Länder” will meet again to assess the situation and decide whether the measures in force should go beyond February 14, when they should supposedly be relaxed. The incidence of Covid in the population this Tuesday stood at 75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the government body in charge of controlling infectious diseases. The goal however is to get down to 50.