26.07.2022, USA, Fort Detrick: Eine kolorierte transmissionselektronenmikroskopische Aufnahme von Partikeln des Affenpockenvirus (grün), kultiviert und gereinigt aus einer Zellkultur, aufgenommen in der NIAID Integrated Research Facility, veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2022 in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Angesichts der schnellen weiten Verbreitung der Affenpocken hat die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) die höchste Alarmstufe ausgerufen. Inzwischen seien mehr als 16 000 Affenpocken-Fälle in 75 Ländern bestätigt. Foto: Niaid/Niaid/Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The number of new “monkeypox” infections in Berlin is declining noticeably. While 35 new cases per day were registered at the beginning of the week before last, the number has since fallen to no more than 15 per day, and on some days it was even well under ten. On Wednesday evening, the State Office for Health and Social Affairs (Lageso) reported eleven new infections.

A total of 1522 cases are known in Berlin. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 3242 cases have been registered across Germany. Almost 47 percent of all cases nationwide come from Berlin.

The problem of the missing vaccine still remains. Although Berlin has once again received a vaccine from the federal government, the additional margin of around 1900 doses is only sufficient for 60 doses per vaccination point. Vaccination centers report that there are significantly more people willing to be vaccinated. More vaccine should come in September, the exact date is still unclear.

In this context, a “monkeypox” vaccination monitoring by the RKI, which is available to the Tagesspiegel, is interesting. Despite all the criticism of the vaccination campaign in Berlin, as of the end of July, the state of Berlin was far ahead in terms of the number of doses that had already been vaccinated.

At that time, 4162 vaccinations were registered in Berlin, which is 57.5 percent of the vaccination doses administered nationwide at the time. North Rhine-Westphalia had administered 1,798 vaccinations (24.8 percent). The share of the other countries was well under five percent. Until then, Thuringia had not had any vaccinations at all, Saxony-Anhalt one, Bremen two, Saarland nine. Hamburg and Bavaria did not transmit any data.

In the meantime, the number of vaccinations in Berlin has continued to rise, according to the health administration as of August 8, it was 5590, although some vaccination centers are not yet included. In total, Berlin has now received around 9,000 doses of vaccine, according to the health administration, the rest of the vaccine is also already planned.

The Charité meanwhile refers to an anonymous online survey, with which the vaccination interest and willingness to be vaccinated as well as the experiences with the vaccination are to be researched. The link to the survey can be found here.