Merkel: COVID-19 vaccine offers hope
In her traditional New Year's address to the nation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointed out that the COVID-19 vaccine offers hope.
"For a few days now, hope has a face: the faces of the first vaccinated, the very old and their caregivers, the medical staff at intensive care units - not only here, but in all of Europe and in many other countries," she said.
Merkel also repeated her promise that she would be vaccinated "when it was her turn." Unlike in countries like the U.S., Germany did not count top-tier politicians among the first to receive the vaccine.
The BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine which was the first reliably approved and administered in the world was developed in the German city of Mainz, DW reported.
Germany, along with the rest of the EU, began its vaccination program on December 27 and vaccines are expected to continue to roll out during January.