With the pandemic crushing the world, I pray for everyone’s health and well-being. I wish the world heals fast. Every morning I wake up with the hope that a vaccine gets invented soon to combat Covid-19. (Koel Mallick)

Gosh, how right he is. He sums up all our fears and wishes during the last year until now.  He seems to say this at the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, because we have vaccines, thank God, since the end of last year. But to have a vaccine doesn’t mean to be vaccinated. The supply of vaccines is still too short in some countries. You may think a  high developed industry country like Germany must be among the countries with the most vaccinated people. Especially because the first vaccine from BioNTech / Pfizer was invented here. But other countries are far ahead (see the NYT world list of vaccination) due to Germany’s bureaucracy (bureaucrazy) and over regulation. I myself was umpteen times on the vaccination portal  of the Red Cross in Dresden in the last months (Impfrealität in Dresden, Sachsen (Vaccination Reality in Dresden, Saxony): 2. Online Serviceportal) and was unable to get an appointment.

Today I followed the normal routine “as usual”, typed in mechanically my dates, enter, next page, enter, I hardly had looked at the screen, something incredible amazing happened. Usually  after page 3 this information comes: “Due to the current degree of capacity utilization of the vaccination centers and the available amount of vaccines we regret that we can’t give you an appointment. Please try again in the next days.” .  But what was that? I rubbed my eyes and couldn’t believe what I was seeing now. I felt like Columbus must have felt discovering a new country. Yes indeed, they really offered me an appointment for vaccination next week. I felt like a million. All the despair, all the darkness of the last weeks was falling of my shoulders like a big burden. Now still happy I’m looking forward to getting my shot into a normal life again next week. (Volker Schunck)

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