Germany wants to make 100 million vaccine doses available in the international corona vaccination campaign by the end of the year. “That is as much as we have inoculated in our country so far,” said Federal Health Minister Spahn on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting of health ministers in Rome. The goal is to have vaccinated at least 40 percent of the world’s population by the end of the year. The pandemic will only be over when it is over all over the world, said the CDU politician. Otherwise, variants could arise that would then also reach Germany again and lead to problems.
The corona pandemic is a central topic at the two-day meeting of health ministers from the 20 most important industrialized and emerging countries. According to Italy’s Minister of Health, Speranza, Italy is aiming to sign the “Pact of Rome” to vaccinate people around the world. No country can save itself and vaccines are the weapon you have. Italy currently holds the presidency of the G-20 countries.
The health ministers want to advise further steps in the pandemic. Among other things, it should be about the current fight against Covid-19 and future strategies against impending pandemics. Ministers talk about ways to better and more equitably distribute scientific knowledge and access to vaccines around the world. The aim is “a strong message of cooperation, solidarity and justice, with the conviction that no one will be left behind,” said the organizers in Italy.
On the sidelines of the summit, Spahn also called for more vaccinations in Germany. In order to get through the next few months safely, “another five million vaccinations and more are needed in Germany”. More speed is needed. So far, 50.9 million people or 61.2 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated. The Federal Minister of Health called on citizens who were still hesitant to take advantage of offers for corona vaccinations as soon as possible. “Now in September we will decide, in Germany and Europe, how safely we can get through autumn and winter.”
Spahn emphasized that vaccination not only protects you, but also others and especially the weaker in society. At the same time, it is important to say: “If you don’t get vaccinated, it will have to be more difficult in certain places, simply because the protection is not there.” He again opposed a compulsory vaccination that would lead to divisions. Spahn made it clear that from his point of view there is only a “very small number” of people who fundamentally and severely refused vaccinations. “We can and want to reach the others.” (05.09.2021)
Incidence in Germany rises to 83.1
The seven-day incidence rises to 83.1 from 80.7 the previous day. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 10 453 new positive tests on Sunday morning. That is 2037 more than on Sunday a week ago, when 8416 new infections were reported. 21 other people died related to the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 91,346. In total, more than 4.0 million corona tests have so far been positive in Germany. So far, the health authorities have reported 4 005 641 infections, the actual number of infections in this country is likely to be higher, as many infections are not recognized.
The incidence of new infections has so far been the basis for many corona restrictions in the pandemic, for example as part of the federal emergency brake that expired at the end of June. In the future, other values such as the number of hospital admissions will also be given greater consideration. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was last given by the RKI on Friday at 1.83 (previous day 1.74).
A nationwide threshold, from when the situation can be viewed critically, is not provided for the incidence of hospitalization, among other things because of large regional differences. The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas time. This seven-day incidence is calculated according to RKI information on the basis of the date of notification to the local health department. According to this, an average of about ten days elapse between an infection and hospitalization, so this value reflects the infection situation with a noticeable delay. (05.09.2021)
Man attacks Corona vaccination team in Thuringia
A mobile vaccination team was attacked during a corona vaccination campaign in Gera, Thuringia. Two team members were injured, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Health. The police confirmed the incident, which took place in a shopping mall that afternoon. According to the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV), the man had requested a vaccination certificate, but did not want to be vaccinated. When the staff told him that there would be no certificate without a vaccination, the man freaked out and injured a medical worker and a helper. You were treated in a hospital but quickly released.
The attacker registered himself during the vaccination campaign so that his data was known. According to a spokesman, the police stopped him in a parking garage and reported that he was at large. According to the police, he was also said to have been slightly injured in the mall.
According to the KV pandemic staff leader, it is the first time since the start of the vaccination campaign that a vaccination team in Thuringia has been attacked. The vaccination campaign was then canceled. Thuringia’s Minister of Health Heike Werner (left) condemned the act as well as Gera’s Mayor Julian Vonarb (independent). “The agitation of the vaccine opponents turns into action. We cannot accept that as a society,” said Werner. (04.09.2021)
Again mass protests in France
In France, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the stricter corona rules on the eighth weekend in a row. Organized across the country, a total of around 200 demonstrations were directed against the health passport required by President Emmanuel Macron and the government to prove vaccination, recovery or negative test as well as the compulsory vaccination of certain professional groups, including health care workers.
According to the prefecture, at least 6,000 people took to the streets in Montpellier in the south of France, and around 4,000 in Avignon. The French interior ministry assumed up to 170,000 participants across the country. More than 200,000 people took to the streets on several Saturdays in July and August.
The health passport, which can be saved in the nationwide Corona app, is now required, among other things, to visit museums, theaters, cinemas, cafes and restaurants as well as when traveling by long-distance train or plane. In the country with 67 million inhabitants, two thirds of the people are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. According to a poll published on Friday for the daily newspaper Le Figaro 67 percent of the French are in favor of the introduction of the health passport. (04.09.2021)
Laschet criticizes the compromise on vaccination information
Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet considers the coalition compromise on vaccination information in companies to be insufficient. “For reasons of operational safety, employers should be allowed to inquire about vaccinations in the workforce – provided, of course, that this information remains confidential,” the CDU chairman told the newspapers Funke media group. “Unfortunately, this could not be done for all companies in conjunction with the SPD.”
After hours of consultation, the Union and the SPD agreed on a line late on Thursday evening: According to this, employers should be able to request information from employees in daycare centers, schools and nursing homes in the future about a corona vaccination or a recovered Covid disease. “In view of the current pandemic situation, this is absolutely necessary from the point of view of infection protection,” said Laschet.
The corresponding change in the law is to be decided in the Bundestag on Tuesday. Trade unions reject the planned right to information as too far. Employers are calling for it to be extended to the entire economy. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) continues to insist on a more comprehensive solution. (04.09.2021)