The British-Swedish company AstraZeneca wants to clear a big hurdle with its vaccine: It is applying for approval for the European market.
Following federal-state agreements with the federal government, the new Corona restrictions take effect in more states. In good news: More than half a million people are now vaccinated.
Tens of thousands of new infections and thousands of deaths daily show the continuing drama of the pandemic. But at the same time, preparations for new vaccinations are in full swing.
The virus continues to spread, as a look at the intensive care units also shows. That is why shops are to remain closed longer and private meetings are even more restricted. The harsh measures may also include restrictions on the radius of movement.
First Biontech and Pfizer, now Moderna: In the fight against the pandemic, a second vaccine has now been approved in the EU. But vaccination for all is still a long time coming.
The pandemic has had a severe impact on people and the economy - and has pushed down Germany's greenhouse gas emissions considerably in 2020. A target that had long been written off will now probably even be exceeded.
The German foreign minister Heiko Maas thinks that the UN security council is only partly capable of acting. One reason for him is that the USA, Russia and China block each other. But he still has hope for the future.
With close to a year with the pandemic, Germany is longing for normality. The launch of the largest vaccination campaign in the country's history gives hope. According to a survey, around two-thirds want to be immunized.
Corona vaccinations could now start in the EU in a few days. The European Medicines Agency has given the green light for approval. Now the EU Commission has to give its approval.
While the EU is awaiting an expert opinion on a vaccine, the UK is dealing with an apparently highly contagious variant of the virus. Various countries, also Germany are reacting and imposing entry bans.
Plans for the vaccination launch on 27 December are becoming more and more concrete. The over-80s and residents of old people's or nursing homes are to be vaccinated first.
Public life in Germany will be drastically shut down as of next Wednesday in view of the spreading #pandemic. The federal and state governments have now agreed on this.