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Germany is considering whether to allow a delay in administering a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from BioNTech-Pfizer to make scarce supplies go further, after a similar move by the UK last week.
In Berlin, the health ministry was seeking the view of an independent vaccination commission on whether to delay a second shot beyond a current 42-day maximum limit, according to a one-page document seen by Reuters today.
The move came amid criticism of Health Minister Jens Spahn – including from his conservative political allies – that Germany has failed to procure enough vaccines and been too slow to ramp up its nationwide inoculation campaign.
According to the latest daily update from the Robert Koch Institute, Germany has vaccinated around 239,000 people since starting its campaign on December 27 – well short of the 1.3 million doses that were delivered by the end of 2020.
By comparison, Britain has administered more than a million vaccines so far, more than the rest of Europe put together, Health Minister Matt Hancock said.
Separately, Denmark approved has approved a delay of up to six weeks between the first and second shots of the vaccine.
But the head of the Danish Health Authority, Soren Brostrom, said the original guidelines of waiting only three to four weeks should be followed whenever possible.
As of Monday, a total of 46,975 Danes had received the first Pfizer-BioNTech shot, mostly health workers and the elderly.