While the U.S., Israel and the U.K. are leading the world in vaccinations, in Germany, things have not moved along as well, and is being further hampered by a large part of German citizens refusing to take the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca. The U.S. has over 500 million does of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines ordered or already delivered, plus it has an order for 60 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on order once it is approved for use in the United States.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is already available in Germany, however according to several recent polls, over 50% of Germans are saying no thanks and instead are waiting to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine once it finally reaches them. Germany, along with much of Europe relied more heavily on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine over the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in the beginning and only recently started placing large order for Pfizer or Moderna.
While the U.S. has vaccinated millions already with the prospect that everyone in the U.S. will be vaccinated by May, in Germany fewer than 6% of Germans have even received their first dose. Many Germans are say they are concerned about the safety and efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and complain that clinical trial data has not been made public while Pfizer and Moderna’s trail data was made public.