Merkel says Germany to receive 70 million doses of coronavirus vaccine

Merkel said the federal and state governments are preparing for the vaccination programme, and that the first vaccine approvals in the EU could happen at the end of December.

With an eye on applications by BioNTech-Pfizer as well as Moderna for the use of their Covid-19 vaccines in Europe, Merkel said 70 million doses in total from both types of vaccines can be delivered in the first quarter of next year if they are given authorisation.

But that will not be enough for Germany’s 83-million-strong population, she said, stressing that the country would need to “get through winter” without huge stocks of doses. Read’s full story.