BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) demands that the EU conclude a contract for the delivery of a corona vaccine with the Mainz-based company BioNTech and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer as soon as possible. So far, there has been a preliminary contract, but no conclusion, criticized Spahn on Monday evening in the ZDF’s “heute journal”. Even if there are many legal issues to be clarified – it is also about speed.
“Above all, I would like us to come to a conclusion as the European Union in the next few days. As the German Minister of Health, I could in any case find it difficult to explain if a vaccine produced in Germany was vaccinated more quickly in other regions of the world than in Germany itself,” stressed the minister. That is why he insists “very, very strongly” that we finally come to a result.
The EU Commission has been negotiating with Biontech / Pfizer about a framework agreement for the delivery of the vaccine to all EU countries for some time. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Monday afternoon on Twitter that a contract for up to 300 million vaccine doses would soon be concluded. Framework agreements with the pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Sanofi-GSK have so far been signed by the EU Commission.
Biontech and Pfizer were the first western manufacturers to publish promising results on Monday. Accordingly, your vaccine offers more than 90 percent protection against Covid-19. The companies are expected to apply for approval from the US FDA starting next week. Spahn assumes a parallel application for approval from the FDA and the European Medicines Agency EMA./wn/DP/he