January 11 German Health Minister Spán said on the 11th that Germany will soon overcome the current shortage of coronavirus vaccine and provide vaccination opportunities for all before the summer of this year.
He believes that Germany is expected to achieve herd immunity this year, but he does not know when to remove masks and do not need social distancing.
On the same day, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism Bares said that it is expected that it will still be difficult to resume normal holiday travel this Easter holiday.
The number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 announced by the German disease control agency on the 11th is 12,497.
According to the real-time data of Germany’s “Time Online”, as of about 20: 00 local time on the 11th, Germany has confirmed 19,38,661 people, been cured,154,271 and 41,860 deaths.
As of the 11th, 61,347 people in Germany had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
Spahn made the above statement in a video speech to the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the same day.
He said that by mid-February, all people in nursing homes in Germany will be vaccinated; from April to May, all elderly people over 70 will be vaccinated.
He said that Germany has ordered enough vaccines for the whole country solely in terms of the two vaccines currently approved by the European Union (Modner and Pfizer-BioNTech). He expects that the EU will approve one or two more vaccines in the next few weeks.
Schpan believes that Germany is expected to achieve herd immunity through mass vaccination this year.
But on whether he could take off his mask and stop social distancing this summer, Spahn said it was “not sure yet.” German media pointed out that it is not clear whether the vaccine can avoid infection among vaccinators and the transmission of the virus to others.
German states have recently agreed to extend the current “lockdown” until January 31, and does not exclude further extensions.
As for whether people can enjoy the pleasure of traveling again soon after the Easter holiday (late March to mid-April), the German Federal Government Tourism Commissioner Bares told RTL TV on the same day that considering the current epidemic situation, it will be difficult to resume travel for the next two to three months.
Barres expects the epidemic to ease by the Mid-to-late May holiday.
He said that if most people in Germany had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus by the second quarter of this year, it would be safe to travel at home and even abroad this summer.