Her Minister of Health Germany, Karl Lauterbach, takes it for granted that a fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be needed, estimates that the new wave of the pandemic, due to the Homicron mutation, is now inevitable.
«We are preparing for this intensively“Mr. Lauterbach stressed during a press conference and noted that the federal government has already ordered 80 million BioNTech / Pfizer vaccines adapted to Omicron, which will be received in April or May. In addition, Moderna vaccines will be available for you to choose from, he said. «Personally and as a scientist, I believe that we should take it for granted that a fourth vaccination will be necessary to treat the virus.He said. Earlier, the President of the Family Doctors, Ulrich Weigelt, had stated that in the summer, at the latest in the autumn, a fourth dose of vaccine will be needed.
Referring to the effectiveness of booster vaccination against Omicron mutation infection, the German Minister of Health explained that the third dose protects by 70-80% from possible infection, while the protection from serious progression of the disease “far exceeds 90%». However, he refrained from answering questions about the duration of this protection, as, as he said, there is not enough information yet.
As for the goal of 30 million vaccinations by the end of the year, Karl Lauterbach said he still considers it possible and announced that 28,100,000 people have been vaccinated to date. «We need a very aggressive vaccination campaign. It is the most important thing we can do in order not to make many of our fellow human beings seriously ill“, He stressed and warned that the cases may be reduced at the moment, but the situation is expected to worsen significantly soon.
Both Lauterbach and the head of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wheeler, who attended the same press conference, appealed to citizens to limit their contacts as much as possible during the holidays. «Let Christmas not be the spark that will light the fire“, Said Mr. Wheeler, asking for great attention already earlier than December 28, the date of entry into force of the restrictions decided yesterday by the federation and the states.
The publication yesterday of proposals of the “Robert Koch” Institute, which were much more restrictive than the positions of the government, caused tension both within the coalition and among the Prime Ministers of the states, while media comments spoke of “chaos” and “contempt” of the government for scientists. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach did not even rule out the possibility of imposing sanctions on the Robert Koch Institute, which is overseen by the Ministry of Health.
«Soltz and Lauterbach were really furious with Wheeler», reported the private news station n-tv. So their joint appearance today in front of the journalists was expected, if nothing else, with great interest.. “Should I still stand by Mr Wheeler?“, Asked the Minister of Health, answering a relevant question. «This is easy to answer. “Otherwise he would not be sitting here today.” stated meaningfully and stressed that in his ministry “There is not and there will be no censorship» and that the Robert Koch Institute continues to play a key role in the pandemic. «The Institute is constantly issuing recommendations, this is our job“, Said on his part Mr. Wheeler, with Lauterbach to end debate, saying he did not find the issue “particularly interesting”.
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