The country’s outgoing Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Monday that Germans who do not get vaccinated or survive Covid-19 infection will probably die by the end of winter.
Spahn said not enough Germans had been vaccinated against the virus, which has infected record numbers of people in the past two weeks, and urged the millions who have so far rejected the government’s proposal to reconsider their vaccine concerns. have make.
“By the end of winter it is quite likely that everyone in Germany will have been vaccinated, cured or died,” Spahn said, noting that the more contagious delta variant has tested positive than earlier this year. The situation has been made more dangerous.
“It is very likely that anyone who has not been vaccinated will become infected in the coming months,” Spahn, 41, said. “Immunity will be acquired (by everyone). The question is, will it be achieved by vaccination or infection? That’s why we are immediately advising everyone to go down the vaccination route.”
Only about two-thirds of Germans over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Even though Germany was once seen as a role model for its science-based measures to contain the pandemic, a low vaccination rate compared to other countries in Europe such as Spain, Portugal and France has been shown to increase the number of infected this month. blamed for the increase. and hospitalized.
More than 30,000 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours, with a record tally of more than 50,000 being counted daily in recent days. Hospitals in some regions, such as Saxony in the east and Bavaria in the south, have warned that their intensive care units have been overwhelmed and some patients have been forced to transfer to other hospitals.
Spahn, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats who lost in September’s election, is likely to step down within the next few weeks after a new centre-left government comes to power.
A controversial figure for its zig-zag course during the pandemic, Spahn faced criticism on Monday for failing to order enough vaccinations from biotech-Pfizer, mainly to give Germans their boosters, or third, To meet the recent increase in demand related to the last shot. few weeks.
Spahn late last week was urging doctors to over-use the rival Moderna Vaccine which is not as reputable in Germany as the biotech-Pfizer.
“Obviously, we are doing everything possible to increase the amount available,” Spahn said. “We will not take anything back. We will release all the vaccination doses we have for use.”
The German government has promised not to introduce a vaccination mandate, even though neighboring Austria recently took such a step to combat low vaccination rates. However, many political leaders have been calling that promise a mistake which should be terminated due to the emergency situation.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /