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First special approval for Corona self-tests

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The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices has granted the first three special approvals for Corona tests for...

Biontech vaccine nearly 96 percent effective after two doses

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The Corona vaccine from Mainz-based Biontech and its U.S. partner Pfizer has an efficacy of nearly 96 percent after two...

Corona rates continue to improve

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Health departments in Germany reported 6114 new Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In...

Germany lockdown extension latest

The nationwide lockdown will be extended until March 7 following a decision by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and...

Spahn and Soder aim to continue lockdown

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German Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and Bavaria's Minister President Markus Söder (CSU) have hinted at...

Virus mutations cause concern

In Cologne alone, 114 cases of variant B.1.1.7 and 52 cases of variant B.1.351 were recently reported. There will be an...

Bayer wants to produce German Curevac vaccine

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Pharmaceutical giant Bayer plans to enter the production of Corona vaccines, providing a helping hand to Tübingen-based...

EU to tighten vaccine exports

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The EU has warned it will tighten exports of Covid vaccines produced in the bloc, amid a row with AstraZeneca over a cut...

Corona vaccination passport gains traction

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There is still no obligation in Germany to be vaccinated against the corona virus. But it is becoming increasingly clear...

FFP2 masks now compulsory on public transport

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A last minute decision by Söder leaves Bavaria's population rushing to secure an ample supply of the relatively...

Hospital employee salaries at risk due to corona

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As the pandemic wrecks havoc to both health and industry, German hospitals have warned they may be unable to pay...

Are vastly more people dying in Germany because of the pandemic?

Tuberculosis was considered the world's most deadliest infectious disease in 2019. According to the World Health...

How will covid vaccinations be rolled out in Germany

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When will a vaccine be available in Germany and how will its distribution work? The first vaccine could be available by...

Period products free for women in Scotland

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In a bizarre and unashamedly sexist move, the Scottish parliament decided to further increase the rapidly exaggerated...

RKI optimistic despite high number of new infections

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The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is "cautiously optimistic" due to an apparent slowdown in  the growth of...

Bavarian government announces further easing of measures

The Bavarian cabinet elaborated on further easing of the anti-corona measures on May 26. Here are the most important...

Latest Corona Developments in Germany

On April 30th 2020, German Chancellor Angela Merkel presented newely adapted corona rules. First of all it was announced...

Germany Private Health Insurance and Corona

The number of corona infections in Germany is increasing every day - despite efforts by the health authorities to limit...

Germany and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the corona virus COVID-19 spreads across Europe, medical patients with existing conditions are seeking more secure and...

Health Insurance for Foreigners in Germany

In Germany health insurance is an obligation: Everyone who is resident in Germany must be able to prove they have health...
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Berlin 7-day incidence rises

The seven-day incidence in Berlin has been rising again for a week and is slowly approaching the 60 mark. From 53.7 last...

German Corona infection rates continue downward trend

Health authorities in Germany reported 4369 new Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In...
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Experts warn against rapid lockdown easing

Scientists warn against loosening lockdown too quickly in light of the spread of the new Corona variants. "Openings...

Corona outbreak in ice cream factory

After a Corona outbreak occurred at an ice cream factory in Osnabrück, Germany, the number of employees who tested...
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Corona, who will be vaccinated first

The federal government has revised the coronavirus vaccination regulation. The updated version has been in effect since...

Corona vaccination: Serbia becomes a role model

In Germany and in most EU countries, there is widespread impatience at the Corona vaccination process. Too little...

Federal government and Google move blocked

The Munich Regional Court has temporarily banned a cooperation between the federal government and Internet company Google...
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How much does private health insurance cost in Germany

German private health insurance is an option for people who either earn over 64,350 EUR per annum (as of 2021), or are...
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RKI reports 8616 new infections

In Germany, the number of confirmed cases of Corona rises by 8616 to a total of 2,284,010. Health authorities also...
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Germany virus latest

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn is optimistic during today's press conference, but at the same time points out that...
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EU authority: additional benefit of FFP2 masks quite low

At a time when many people are already stressed out by anti-corona measures, this is news that no one will like to hear:...
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Sputnik V, a Russian symbol of solidarity with the EU

The development of Russia's corona vaccine "Sputnik V" has so far been viewed skeptically in the West. The fact that...

German health workers see no end in sight

Health clinics now resemble more of a crisis area than an ordered medical establishment: that is the image that prevails...
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Corona latest for Bavaria

What follows is a breakdown of the most recent Corona news as the Bavarian state parliament convenes to discuss the latest...
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Moderna vaccine may protect against mutated variants

According to the manufacturer, Moderna's vaccine should also protect against the Corona variants first discovered in the...
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What are FFP2 masks?

FFP2 masks, are a specific class of filtering facepiece (FFP) masks; which more generally is a type of personal protective...
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Reuse of FFP2 masks for private use

FFP2 masks are used in healthcare sectors where there is an increased risk of infection. Designed as a single-use product,...
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FFP2 Masks - one use only and expensive

In Germany, Bavaria has taken the extreme step of mandating an expensive type of mask is worn in shops and on public...
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Corona vaccinations ongoing

In total, as of the 3rd Jan, 238,000 people in Germany have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, as reported by the...
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Two more German cases of the British virus mutation

The spread of the corona mutation B1.1.7 has resulted in two more cases identified in Germany. The new corona mutation...
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Private health insurance for professions

Different professions have different requirements for taking out private heath insurance in Germany. Here is an...
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German bureaucracy dampens vaccine roll out

With regards to the Covid-19 vaccine, both the EU and the German government have insisted there will be a sufficient...

First Covid-19 vaccinations begin on Dec 27th

Christian Bernreiter (CSU), district administrator of the Lower Bavarian district of Deggendorf, has stated, "We start on...

German private health insurance threshold for 2021

Private health insurance (PKV - Privaten Krankenversicherung) companies had a tough 2020 due to the consequences of the...
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Doctor and CSU member criticizes Söder's lockdown

A dispute has broken out in the CSU over Söder's attempts to combat the corona pandemic. Hans Theiss, professor and...
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Christmas Corona Lockdown in Bavaria

The Bavarian state government has again decided on stricter rules for Bavaria than for the rest of Germany. General...
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Corona brings health insurance companies to their financial limits

The costs of the corona crisis are a burden on health insurance companies. The Techniker Krankenkasse health insurance...
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We need a common sense approach to this pandemic

The millennium's first global pandemic, Covid-19, swept from country to country leaving chaos in its wake. Now, as the...
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Biontech Covid-19 vaccine a step closer

The EU Commission has finalized sped-up negotiations for a contract to supply the latest covid-19 vaccine from the...

Remdesivir receives approval in Europe

The active ingredient Remdesivir is approved in Europe for the treatment of severe cases of Covid-19 under certain...

Corona outbreak after restaurant visit in Lower Saxony

Despite the hygiene and distance concept, seven people have apparently become infected with the coronavirus during a...

Where does the vaccine for Covid-19 stand?

In the worldwide race for a vaccine to stop the coronavirus, the laboratory sprinting fastest is at Oxford University....

Covid-19 and Germany's Leadership to support neighbouring countries

Over the past few weeks there has been widespread curiosity about the German health care system. Since the coronavirus...

Flu vaccination: penultimate wave was deadliest in 30 years

The flu season starts again: time for at-risk patients to get vaccinated! This year, the health insurance companies are...

Additional support for German healthcare

In order to cope with the corona crisis and to protect Germany from possible consequences, the government has agreed on a...

Corona Crisis: Germany decides financial rescue package worth billions

To mitigate the consequences of the corona crisis for businesses and citizens, the German federal cabinet has decided on...

Financial support for artificial fertilization in Bavaria from 2020

From 2020, unintentional childless couples in Bavaria can count on a government grant for the costs of artificial...

The system of statutory health insurance in Germany

The central principle of the statutory health insurance system in Germany is the solidarity principle: all members pay...

Germany child health findings revealed

A study by the Robert Koch Institute on child and adolescent health has just been published  Key findings include the...

Charity Healthcare Partnerships: A Success Story in Uganda

In relation to charity, Charles Caleb Colton-a great scholar of Society said 'Did universal charity prevail, earth would be...