Berlin (dpa) – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) wants to decide today whether the Astrazeneca vaccine against the coronavirus can continue to be used.
In Germany and other countries, its use was discontinued in connection with vaccinations after some cases of blood clots (thrombosis) in cerebral veins. Federal and state governments want to discuss how things will go after the EMA review at a “vaccination summit” on Friday.
In the event that the vaccine ban on the vaccine from the British-Swedish manufacturer is lifted, GPs are calling for the drug to be administered quickly in their practice. “Even if it turns out that the vaccine is safe for most, it will unfortunately not be easy to rebuild trust,” said the chairman of the German Association of General Practitioners, Ulrich Weigeldt, the editorial network Germany (RND). “This requires an enormous bond of trust between doctor and patient.” That is not possible in the vaccination center.
Federal and state health ministers agreed to begin vaccination in practices in mid-April. The final decisions will be taken on Friday.
Health Minister Jens Spahn was initially heavily criticized for his decision to suspend vaccination with Astrazeneca. Recently there has also been support for the CDU politician from many quarters. Spahn had no choice but to follow the recommendations of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, CDU chief Armin Laschet said in the ARD Wednesday night. The institute responsible for vaccine safety had advised that vaccinations with the substance Astrazeneca should be stopped due to possible health risks. The federal president of the Virchow Association of Resident Doctors, Dirk Heinrich, told the “Berliner Zeitung”: “The plug shows that our system is working.”
The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurers Nordrhein-Westfalen, Frank Bergmann, also believes that limited approval for the Astrazeneca vaccine is possible in the future. “The experts are looking at whether there is a connection between contraception use, smoking and vaccinations. The risks may have increased here. Then there might be an approval with restrictions – for example only for certain age groups or, for example, without simultaneous use of the pill, ”says Bergmann of the Rheinische Post.
He demands clarity from the “Vaccination Summit”: “I hope for clear statements about how Astrazeneca will fare. I also hope that politicians will make clear statements about the Easter holidays. I cannot understand how to get to Mallorca by plane, given the increasing number of infections. “
Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) also reacted angrily to Majorca’s removal from the list of corona risk areas. “We are in a very difficult situation because of the virus mutations. We don’t have to take any further risks with our eyes wide open, ”said the SPD politician of the“ Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung ”(NOZ). The removal of the risk list is currently done automatically if the new infections per 100,000 inhabitants fall below 50 within seven days. “Dear friends, stay at home”, the Prime Minister shouts in view of the approaching Easter holidays.
His colleague from Rhineland-Palatinate made a similar statement. Malu Dreyer (SPD) told the World: “I would rather people could walk with us and go to a garden bar with distance and hygiene, instead of flying to Mallorca for the Easter holidays and potentially causing us infections.” She argued for model regions in which more should be tried out to see what additional possibilities there are. “We won’t be able to banish society to its four walls for the next month.”
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer called for simplification of the measures. “The regulations have now become quite complicated and do not always make sense,” the CSU politician told the “Münchner Merkur”. “People don’t understand when the flower shop has to close, but the supermarket next door is allowed to sell flowers.”
Following their “vaccination summit” on Friday, heads of federal and state governments will meet again on Monday to discuss how to further address the pandemic.