German Medical Association President Klaus Reinhardt on Tuesday said the country was on the home stretch with its vaccine campaign.
While Germany has vaccinated only about 8% of its population with two doses of the vaccine, about 28% have had a first jab.
After a sluggish start to its vaccination program, Germany has picked up the pace with more than a million jabs administered in one day last week.
Speaking to German broadcaster ZDF, Reinhardt said what while the vaccination overage was “still far too low to give the all-clear,” it was “nevertheless showing effect.”
“We’ve had declining incidence figures for a week now,” said Reinhardt. “I’m sure that this trend will continue.”
While herd immunity is only achieved when about 70% of the population has antibodies, Reinhardt said that transmission drops as vaccinations rise.
The example of Israel, he said, showed that from the moment 20% percent of the population was vaccinated, “the incidence rate decreased rapidly and continuously, down to almost zero.”
Reinhardt said he believed it was “very appropriate” to say that Germany was on the “long home stretch” when it came to a return to normality, thanks to the vaccination campaign. “It should give people a bit of hope,” he added.