Germany Now Has Huge Surplus of Vaccine Products, and Expiry Dates are Nearing

Germany Now Has Huge Surplus of Vaccine Products, and Expiry Dates are Nearing

A growing number of vaccination centers and doctors offices across Germany struggle to use mounting surplus vaccine supplies ahead of rapidly approaching expiry dates. Can German authorities find creative storage options or even donate the vaccine doses to other countries in need themselves? Germany has too much vaccine product now, a large and growing surplus, and it isn’t sure what to do with all of the excess product. A surreal situation when considering the plight of much of the world, where most nations have single-digit vaccination rates and challenge after challenge in securing adequate supply. Spiegel International reports that it’s not just the less popular vaccines—AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, but also the far more popular mRNA-based products from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

Some German states are asking the federal government to halt sending any more vaccines while Jens Spahn, German Health Minister, recently sent a five-page document to state health authority leaders, declaring:

“Since the availability of the vaccine now clearly is higher than the demand, through August, the available vaccines will no longer fully be delivered to the states, docto...

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