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Olaf Scholz, Merkel’s successor, in favor of compulsory anticovid vaccination in Germany

Future German Chancellor Olaf Scholz claimed Tuesday be in favor of compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 to stop the new wave of the pandemic, their collaborators reported.

Scholz “says he feels that there is debate on the issue among the deputies,” explained his environment, and “pointed out that I would gladly see this rule“, during a meeting between the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of 16 German regions, which could conclude with an increase in sanitary restrictions.

The German media affirm that the main impacted by the return of the restrictions would be the bars and clubs.

A group of people wait in line to get vaccinated in Germany. Photo: AFP

Germany has so far avoided the option of imposing vaccination, which its neighbor Austria does apply, and which now has the approval of two-thirds of Germans, according to a poll by the RTL and ntv media.

This measure should be approved by the German parliament.

However, the obligation was recently voted for staff in retirement homes and hospitals, as well as Army soldiers. The measure will be effective shortly.

The health situation continues to be very tense, with an incidence rate on Tuesday of 452.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. Currently the 68.5% of Germans have the complete vaccination schedule, about 57 million people.

A meeting to ask for more measures

The emergency meeting on Tuesday with the outgoing Chancellor and regional leaders was convened in the face of successive alerts from experts and also from the most affected “Länder” warning that immediate action should be taken without waiting for the change in power.

Scholz also announced when presenting his coalition pact the creation of a crisis team against COVID, with representatives of the federal government, regional and municipal powers, as well as reference experts.

At the head of that team will be Major General Carsten Breuer, who, in the absence of the replacement in power being consumed, already has an office in the Foreign Ministry, according to the weekly Der sppiegel.

This general has already coordinated army operations related to the outgoing government’s vaccination campaign and logistical support.

His priority has been to speed up vaccination, in a country where the population rate with the complete pattern – 68.5% – remains below that of other European partners, despite repeated calls from the political arena and experts to be immunized.

The Constitutional Court of Germany, for its part, paved the way for new restrictions, by endorsing in a sentence released today the measures implemented at the time to combat the third wave of the pandemic by virtue of the so-called “emergency brake” of national scope.

The accumulated weekly incidence reflected this Tuesday, for the first time in weeks, a slight decrease and stood at 452.2 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 452.4 yesterday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology.

Source: AFP and EFE

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