Germany Karl Lauterbach
“I am someone who does not blame the unvaccinated”
Status: 01/14/2022 | Reading time: 3 minutes Lauterbach presents its plans to fight corona The Federal Council wants to pave the way for the implementation of new quarantine rules. Health Minister Lauterbach will present his plans to fight the pandemic. Watch Lauterbach’s speech in full here. This is where you will find content from Podigee. In order to interact with or display content from Podigee and other social networks, we need your consent. Activate social networks Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) warned the Federal Council not to underestimate the Omicron variant. He doesn’t blame the unvaccinated – but if everyone thought so, the situation would end “in chaos”. Nevertheless, he outlines a hopeful scenario. In a speech to the Federal Council, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) outlined how he believes the pandemic will develop over the next few months. “We have the means to largely end the pandemic in Germany,” said Lauterbach in Berlin. Not all other countries have this chance. The omicron variant and the extremely high incidences it triggered have now reached a critical point in the pandemic. The tried-and-tested means of restricting contact only worked to a limited extent. Studies have shown that the severity of the disease in omicron is often less dangerous. However, these are “not transferable to us one-to-one”. In general, given the often lower severity of the disease, one could get the idea that Covid-19 is now more like the flu. “That is definitely not the case,” says Lauterbach. Above all, because a large number of new infections meant a heavy burden on the health system. Mortality in Germany is “not yet determined”. Germany has a comparatively high average age in the population, and too many people in this group are unvaccinated. This is a German “special situation”. Also read Omikron builds, if you don’t object, “a wall” that rises quickly and then quickly falls again. “We’re trying to make a hill out of this wall.” This would reduce the number of infections and deaths. If that doesn’t work, plan B is not to let the wall get too high. This prevents deaths and long-Covid cases. “We have not reached the peak of the number of cases,” said Lauterbach. “That has to be granted.” He is often asked when contact restrictions will be issued. However, in a pre-pandemic comparison, the contacts are currently only half as many, so people are already holding back, according to Lauterbach. There are some who consider Omicron to be the last chapter of the pandemic. “Maybe one in 100 says that,” said Lauterbach. But the pandemic continues. In other words: “Then autumn will come and the good times will be over.” At this point, the vaccination rate must be so high that everyone is “so basic immunized” that new variants cause as little damage as possible. Because: “Then we would be through.” There would be less severe courses and those that still occur could be treated with drugs that will hopefully be available by then. Advertisement WELT-Deal Play the lottery now and secure benefits Register as a new customer at LOTTO24, play the Eurojackpot or Lotto 6aus49 and go to “Submit a ticket”. The voucher will automatically end up in your shopping cart. For the Eurojackpot you pay 3.60 instead of 6.60 euros for 3 fields and with Lotto6aus49 only 3 instead of 6.60 euros for 5 fields.
“I am someone who does not blame the unvaccinated”
From his point of view, however, you can only get to this point if you introduce a general obligation to vaccinate. “I’m someone who doesn’t blame the unvaccinated,” says Lauterbach. The unvaccinated should be treated in the same way as the vaccinated. That too is an imperative of our humanism.” But it also applies: If everyone said they were healthy and didn’t need the vaccination, it would end in “chaos”. Lauterbach said about the shortening of the quarantine: “We want the quarantine to be as short as it can be.” However, the quarantine cannot be shortened from seven to five days. A quarter of those tested after five days would be falsely negative in an antigen test at this point and would therefore possibly encounter other people again. Lauterbach also praised politics in his speech. “In general, I believe that cooperation between the federal and state governments in Germany works well.” This also applies to the pandemic and also to the – often criticized – prime ministerial conferences. Basically, one has to say that Germany has come through the pandemic comparatively well so far. You can listen to our WELT podcasts here. We use the player from the provider Podigee for our WELT podcasts. In order for you to be able to see the podcast player and to interact with or display content from Podigee and other social networks, we need your consent. Activate social networks Don’t miss an episode of our Politics Daily “Kick-off Politics” and subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music or directly via RSS feed.
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