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Bakery celebrates COVID-19 vaccine drive in Germany with syringe-shaped cakes

Schuerner’s Baking Paradise, a German bakery, is celebrating the year of the coronavirus vaccine with syringe-shaped cakes.

By: Reuters | Berlin | January 11, 2021 5:59:30 pm
Germany, Syringe cake, Syringe-shaped cakes, COVOD-19 vaccine drive, German bakery, COVID-19 vaccines, Germany coronavirus vaccine, Trending news, Indian Express newsThe Schuerener Backparadies bakery’s cakes in the shape of syringes, as the vaccination rollout against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue, in Dortmund, Germany. (Picture credit: Reuters)

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down at a bakery in the western German town of Dortmund, which is celebrating the year of the coronavirus vaccine with syringe-shaped cakes.

It is not the first time Schuerner’s Baking Paradise has sold coronavirus spin-offs: last year, as household essentials vanished from supermarket shelves in panic buying, they created cakes shaped like newly-scarce toilet-rolls.

Germany, Syringe cake, Syringe-shaped cakes, COVOD-19 vaccine drive, German bakery, COVID-19 vaccines, Germany coronavirus vaccine, Trending news, Indian Express news The Schuerener Backparadies bakery owner Tim Kortuem arranging the syringe shaped cakes. (Picture credit: Reuters)

But owner Tim Kortuem initially worried that baking up a tasty syringe would be a step too far.

With vaccination now underway in most of the world, public health officials fret that nervousness about new medicines will slow the uptake of vaccines designed to end a pandemic that has claimed some 2 million lives and devastated the global economy.

Germany, Syringe cake, Syringe-shaped cakes, COVOD-19 vaccine drive, German bakery, COVID-19 vaccines, Germany coronavirus vaccine, Trending news, Indian Express news The Schuerener Backparadies bakery owner Tim Kortuem makes cakes in the shape of syringes. (Picture credit: Reuters)

“First we were a bit sceptical whether it would be a bit too macabre,” he said. “But then we did it after all. Because even for anti-vaxxers it’s funny. It is a vaccine without any side effects. And you can come back and get another one because it is so yummy.”

Germany, Syringe cake, Syringe-shaped cakes, COVOD-19 vaccine drive, German bakery, COVID-19 vaccines, Germany coronavirus vaccine, Trending news, Indian Express news Cakes in the shape of syringes are seen at the Schuerener Backparadies bakery. (Picture credit: Reuters)

There is no evidence that this cake, flavoured with marzipan, will do anything to protect buyers from the coronavirus. Indeed, given the correlation between excess weight and serious cases of the disease, it may do just the opposite.

But nobody eats cakes for health reasons.

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