Corona: Millions of Moderna vaccine doses must be destroyed

  • Due to the expiry of the shelf life, more corona vaccine has to be destroyed than feared
  • Around 30 percent of Lufthansa ground staff are sick
  • The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) did not report any new figures on Sunday
  • According to a report, there is a problem with the implementation of compulsory vaccination for nursing and health staff
  • Fewer new hires in the Corona crisis are apparently responsible for the current shortage of staff
  • Before the anniversary show: “Daily Issues” presenter Caren Miosga was infected with Corona

Berlin. The current corona summer wave continues to cause high infection numbers in Germany. However, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) did not report any new figures on Sunday. Since only a few health authorities are still transmitting to the RKI at the weekend, there is no change in the absolute number of cases at the RKI either. On Saturday, the RKI reported 123,046 new infections and 134 deaths within one day.

The seven-day incidence as of Sunday was 725.1. However, it delivers incidence not a complete picture of the infection situation. Experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI mainly because not all infected people have a PCR test done, only these count in the statistics.

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Corona news from Sunday, July 17: Coalition and opposition criticism of vaccine destruction

2:19 p.m.: Because the shelf life has been exceeded, more corona vaccine has to be destroyed than previously feared. Between the beginning of December 2021 and the end of June this year, around 3.9 million corona vaccine doses expired in Germany. This was announced by the Federal Ministry of Health in response to a parliamentary question from CSU member of the Bundestag Stephan Pilsinger.

According to the information, only the vaccine from the US pharmaceutical company Moderna was affected. According to a report by the editorial network Germany (RND), the Ministry of Health assumed in April that three million doses were threatened with destruction by the end of June

This is met with criticism in the ranks of the coalition and opposition. In the future, the Federal Ministry of Health will have to “purchase the vaccines more closely to actual demand,” said the Green health politician Paula Piechotta on Sunday of the AFP news agency. In view of the large number of crises, the federal government must “again be more careful with taxpayers’ money,” warned the member of the Bundestag.

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Piechotta pointed out that “hardly any country is currently accepting donated vaccines anymore”, which is why there is “no longer any meaningful use for surpluses”. The Greens politician also pointed out that the budget committee of the Bundestag had already committed Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) to the better Estimation of purchase quantities use a forecasting tool.

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High sick leave at Lufthansa: Up to 30 percent absenteeism among ground staff

11.05 a.m.: In the main holiday season, sick leave is at the Lufthansa increased sharply due to Corona. The sick leave is currently up to 30 percent – ​​“due to corona infections, but also due to overload,” said a company spokesman for “Bild am Sonntag”. Sick leave rates have risen sharply, especially among ground staff. “For flying personnel in the cockpit and cabin, the rate is significantly lower in the single digits.”

According to information from the newspaper, 5,000 suitcases belonging to Lufthansa passengers are left behind on the ground at Frankfurt Airport alone every day. Unowned suitcases are now even being transported to Munich by truck from various German airports. According to the Bavarian Ministry of Transport, around 5,000 suitcases from various airlines are currently stored at Munich Airport, which still have to be delivered to their owners.

Bavaria’s Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter (CSU) confirmed the “BamS”: “Bavaria relieves other airports.” The airport provides the storage space for this, and the respective airline has to take care of the delivery.

Newspaper: Vaccination for staff is not consistently implemented

7.32 a.m.: According to a report in the “Bild” newspaper, there is a problem in the federal states with the implementation of compulsory vaccination for nursing and health staff. The compulsory corona vaccination for employees in facilities for groups requiring special protection has been in effect since mid-March. According to information from the “Bild” newspaper from 12 of the 16 federal states, more than 190,000 unvaccinated health care workers were identified, but only 70 entry bans were issued – in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Brandenburg.

Fines are also possible. But according to the newspaper, the federal states have made little or no use of this either. The 16 health ministries of the federal states were surveyed – however, there was no information from four federal states.

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Corona news from Saturday, July 16: Corona infection: No “daily topics” anniversary program for Caren Miosga

3:10 p.m.: “Tagesthemen” presenter Caren Miosga is just before her broadcast for the 15th anniversary of a Corona infection slowed down. “Man, that’s stupid. Today, on my happy day, 15 years of ‘daily topics’ (…), unfortunately I can’t be in the studio,” regretted the 53-year-old in a video clip distributed on Twitter on Saturday. In it, she explains in an audibly occupied voice that she has exactly “what everyone else feels like right now”: Corona.

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According to NDR, Miosga is the longest-serving active “daily topics” presenter. On July 16, 2007, she replaced Anne Will as frontwoman of the ARD news magazine. September is only a few weeks away from the absolute service record that Ulrich Wickert currently holds at around 15 years and two months. According to the NDR, the second editor-in-chief of ARD-aktuell, Helge Fuhst, who is responsible for the “Tagesthemen”, will initially take over the programs in which Miosga was scheduled.

Corona numbers in China continue to rise despite lockdowns

12.30 p.m: Despite curfews and other strict measures for millions of people, the number of corona infections in China continues to rise. On Saturday, the Chinese authorities reported a new high of 450 new cases of infection nationwide. Most of those infected had no symptoms.

Despite enormous economic damage and growing disaffection among the people, the authorities in China are still pursuing a strict zero-corona policy, with individual outbreaks being immediately combated through lockdowns and mass testing.

This week, the measures again hit millions of Chinese. Since Wednesday, the 4.4 million residents of Lanzhou, the capital of the northwestern province of Gansu, have not been allowed to leave their homes. A county in Anhui province has been in lockdown since Friday. A curfew has also been in effect for parts of the city of Beihai in the southern Guangxi region since Saturday. Hundreds of thousands more people are affected.

Buschmann announces the return of the mask requirement

9.12 a.m: In the middle of the Corona-Sommerwelle Politicians are already looking to autumn: what measures should then still be possible? According to Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann, the federal government’s concept should provide for “a form of mask requirement”. “The effectiveness of masks for individuals indoors is undisputed,” said the FDP politician to our editorial team. “That’s why some form of mask requirement indoors will certainly play a role in our concept. We are already working with mask requirements in local public transport.”

At the same time, according to him, certain far-reaching interventions are out of the question for the traffic light coalition: “We agree in the coalition that there will be no more lockdowns, no blanket school closures and no curfews either.” These are “inappropriate instruments in the third year of the pandemic”. Read the entire interview here: Buschmann announces return of mask requirement

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Personnel shortage is the result of a lack of new hires in the pandemic

5:32 a.m: According to labor market researchers, fewer new hires during the Corona crisis are responsible for the current shortage of staff in some sectors. There has been no mass exodus of workers in the sectors particularly affected by the pandemic, said Enzo Weber from the Institute for Labor Market and Occupational Research (IAB) in Nuremberg. Instead, even fewer employment relationships subject to social security contributions were terminated in almost all sectors than before Corona.

Rather, the shortage of staff was due to the fact that some companies had hired fewer workers during the crisis and were now looking for more staff. “All corona-affected industries now have the same problem. They all want to cover their pent-up demand at the same time and at short notice,” said Weber. But the job market can’t afford it that quickly.

RKI registers 123,046 new corona infections – incidence at 752.7

5.08 a.m.: That Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the nationwide seven-day incidence on Saturday morning as 752.7. This is evident from numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 5 a.m. The day before, the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week was 719.2 (previous week: 700.3; previous month: 480.0). However, the incidence does not provide a complete picture of the infection situation.

Experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – mainly because not all infected people have one PCR-Test let do. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to a distortion of individual daily values.

The health authorities in Germany recently reported 123,046 new corona infections (previous week: 95,919) and 134 deaths (previous week: 104) to the RKI within one day. Here, too, comparisons of the data are only possible to a limited extent due to the test behavior, late registrations or transmission problems. In general, the number of registered new infections and deaths varies significantly from weekday to weekday, since many federal states do not respond, especially at the weekend RKI submit and report their cases later in the week.

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