Health Minister Jens Spahn has to pay almost 15.4 million euros for the CovPass digital vaccination certificate and the associated cloud services. That is more than five times as much as announced when the contract was awarded to the companies,, Ubirch and GovDigital last March, reports WirtschaftsWoche in the current issue with reference to documents from the European tendering platform TED. The originally planned investment volume was around 2.7 million euros.

A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health confirmed the cost increases at the request of WirtschaftsWoche: “In terms of agile software development and based on the results of the coordination with the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and the Federal Office for Information Security, additional development work was required.”

According to WirtschaftsWoche, the reason for the lookup was that the European requirements for the app came with a delay. The connection of the app with programs from medical practices, the integration of a recovery certificate and the operation of a call center for citizen inquiries also drove up costs. In the coming year, the digital vaccination certificate is to be integrated into the new digital patient record. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, the CovPass app had been downloaded 23.5 million times by the beginning of November.