As a consequence of the Corona crisis, the federal government wants to set up a national health reserve with important material such as protective masks at 19 locations in Germany.

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said: "This pandemic teaches us that we have to take more precautions." The Corona cabinet will deal with the plans on Monday.

According to this, the reserve is to be filled primarily with masks that have already been procured by the end of 2021, then with material from domestic production.

The needs of the health system and the federal government are to be kept permanently available for one month.

The core of the reserve should consist of protective equipment, protective masks, ventilators and medication, explained Spahn.

“In an emergency, we particularly support those who work in hospitals, care facilities and medical practices.

Good health care should not fail because of the material. "

At the beginning of June, the federal government decided to establish a “National Health Protection Reserve” and commissioned the ministries involved with a concept.

The background is also that protective masks and other material were scarce at the beginning of the Corona crisis in spring.


The national reserve should in principle be available on a decentralized basis, as stated in a proposal.

For the first phase, 16 regional locations are currently planned by the federal government via logistics companies.

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