Berlin (dpa) – Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has agreed that the third wave of corona in Germany cannot be stopped with vaccinations.
“We are in the third wave of the pandemic, the number is increasing, the share of mutations is high,” Spahn said in Berlin on Friday. “Part of an honest analysis of the situation is that there is not yet enough vaccine in Europe to stop the third wave of vaccination,” said Spahn.
“Even if the deliveries of EU orders come out reliably, it will still take a few weeks for the at-risk groups to be fully vaccinated,” said the CDU politician. “Only then can we also talk about broader openings in society. So we will still need a lot of patience. “
The increasing number of infections could mean that there may be no further opening steps – but “even steps back” would be necessary. Next Monday, federal prime ministers and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) want to discuss next steps regarding the restrictions.
SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach has spoken out for tightening up corona measures again soon. “You can turn it around however you want, we have to go back to lockdown,” he said in Berlin on Friday.
There is no point in waiting. The sooner you respond, the shorter the lockdown must be to return to a manageable number of cases. Lauterbach spoke of the beginning of a “brilliant third wave”. According to him, a national incidence of 200 can be expected because of the displacement of the old virus variant by new variants in mid-April. If the number of cases is not delayed, an overload of intensive care units can be expected in a few weeks.
Lauterbach also welcomed the continuation of the vaccination with Astrazeneca scheduled for next Friday. It is a very effective vaccine that can very safely prevent hospitalization and death in the elderly. “That is why the vaccine is safe and the benefits are guaranteed, and I expressly welcome the restart of vaccination in Germany.” He would take this vaccine at any time, Lauterbach said.