Germany to offer Omicron specific vaccine from September

Germany to offer Omicron specific vaccine from September
Germany's Health Minister Karl Lauterbach. Credit: Belga

German health authorities are considering vaccines adapted to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus from September, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told German newspaper Bild on Sunday.

According to Lauterbach, there will be a vaccine in Germany that protects the population against the Omicron variant. The fact that the virus is constantly mutating, however, makes it increasingly difficult to prepare for these mutations, he emphasised.

“It is quite possible that in the future we will have to deal with a variant as contagious as Omicron and just as deadly as Delta. It would be an ‘absolute killer’ variant,” he said.

In Germany, about three quarters of the population are currently vaccinated, according to Belga news agency. Meanwhile, the coronavirus has been diagnosed in about a quarter of Germans.

The number of positive tests is decreasing. On Saturday, for the first time since January, fewer than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants were identified.

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