Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany and a towering stateswoman on the international stage, is set to retire from politics this year. Germany must find a successor, but the path forward remains far from clear.
Germany lags far behind other countries when it comes to vaccinating citizens. There are proposals for a conference with pharmaceutical companies to create opportunities to increase production alongside BionTech and Pfizer.
The German Covid-19 vaccine manufacturer BioNTech has a complex network of manufacturing capabilities in Europe and there is also the Pfizer network in the United States.
The European Union ambassadors have agreed on the trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom due to Brexit. However, both sides still do need some time.
Even if the coronavirus has mutated, German vaccine manufacturer BioNTech still believes that it is highly likely it can be combatted effectively. Company boss Ugur Sahin is considering new production facilities for the vaccine so that orders can be delivered earlier.
Several new measures are being taken by a number of European countries like an imposed travel ban from the United Kingdom, due to a new coronavirus variant spreading across Great Britain.
Ursula von der Leyen said there is a path to an agreement with Britain but the path may be narrow. Challenges remained on how to ensure fair competition in the future.