German Health Minister Jens Spahn has tried to reduce fears of mandatory coronavirus vaccinations, saying mandatory testing is unlikely to be needed to limit the spread of the virus.
Spann stressed that the German authorities are targeting a total immunity of 50 to 65 percent of the population, which would be enough to effectively control the virus. The goal is likely to be achieved through voluntary vaccinations, he argued.
The MP made a comparison with measles, which is much more contagious than the coronavirus and requires 95 percent of the population to be vaccinated to stop the spread.
The minister added that there is no reason for people not to adhere to simple hygiene practices such as washing their hands, adding that wearing masks in the colder winter months, when infections are expected to increase, is reasonable.
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Spahn said widespread vaccination against Covid-19 is likely to begin in Germany in the first quarter of 2021. He said about 1.1 million people were tested each week in Germany, 1.6% of whom tested positive. .
About 5,132 cases of the coronavirus were reported by German health authorities on Tuesday, the highest number since April. However, the testing capacity has increased significantly in the meantime, which may contextualize the figure.
With this in mind, Span hinted at the possible introduction of stricter restrictions on parties, celebrations and events, as well as the extension of the requirements for masks. The German authorities are considering introducing uniform coronavirus guidelines in all German Länder, which currently have different restrictions, depending on the infection rate and population density.
Spahn stressed the need for public adherence to the coronavirus guidelines, which he said had been consistently adopted with minimal resistance. He said extreme surveillance was unnecessary and that randomized checks were likely to achieve the intended result of curbing the spread.
The minister’s comments come amid growing concerns about the safety of vaccines, after a series of high-profile attempts have been halted due to participants falling ill or experiencing adverse side effects.
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Spahn’s comments are also likely to allay fears of mandatory vaccination programs in one of the EU’s most powerful countries.
The possibility of mandatory Covid rehearsals has inflamed opinions around the world. About 39 percent of Canadians surveyed believe that the coronavirus vaccine should be mandatory, while in the UK government, ministers are divided.
Welsh Health and Social Services Minister Von Getty said he did “I wouldn’t turn it off” compulsory vaccinations for Welsh nationals. His comments were attacked by Susie Davis MS, who said it was a statement by Orwell, while Brexit leader Mark Reakles said the proposal itself was “Unacceptable.”
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