Status: 02/22/2021 8:37 a.m.
- Seven-day incidence in Germany rises to 61.0
- Australia starts vaccinating
- Advice on vaccination sequence in Germany
- Primary schools and daycare centers open in ten federal states
Statutory health insurance physicians want to use BioNTech vaccine in practices
The statutory health insurance doctors also want to administer the corona vaccine from BioNTech / Pfizer in their practices as soon as enough vaccine is available. Initial data have shown that the preparation can also be transported and stored at significantly higher temperatures. “That in turn is the prerequisite for vaccinating in the practices. That means, we also see Biontech as a vaccine in the practices,” said the head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, im Deutschlandfunk. At the moment, it is “difficult to pinpoint precisely” when the doctors will start vaccinations in the practices.
The re are still not enough vaccinations.
According to new research by the manufacturers, the vaccine from BioNTech and Pfizer remains stable for two weeks at minus 25 to minus 15 degrees Celsius.
Schleswig-Holstein wants to vaccinate school staff
Schleswig-Holstein wants to offer school staff a vaccination with the active ingredient from AstraZeneca in the coming weeks. Teachers, social workers and educators at schools as well as daycare workers should be vaccinated as a priority, says Education Minister Karin Prien im Deutschlandfunk.
Once these people have been admitted to group two of those entitled to higher vaccinations, it should be possible to start vaccinating in the next few weeks. As planned in Baden-Württemberg, the active ingredient from AstraZeneca should be used for this, explained the CDU politician.
New entry rules in Poland
Poland is expected to announce new rules this week that will require a negative coronavirus test result to enter the country. This was announced by the Polish Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski. A person with a negative test result does not have to be quarantined after entering the country, Niedzielski told the private broadcaster TVN. The new rules are expected to be announced later this week.
Advice on vaccination sequence
The federal and state governments are discussing changes in the vaccination sequence this afternoon. With a view to the opening of elementary schools and daycare centers, Chancellor Angela Merkel and State Minister-President Jens Spahn commissioned health minister to check whether elementary school teachers and kindergarten teachers could be given higher priority for vaccinations. For this, the Corona vaccination ordinance would have to be changed so that, according to the Federal Statistical Office, around one million people affected move from group three (higher priority) to group two (high priority). Several countries and Spahn are in favor.
Jens Spahn, Federal Health Minister CDU, in the report from Berlin
Report from Berlin, February 21, 2021
Restrictions in New Zealand end
The recently reintroduced corona restrictions are ending in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. The lockdown should be lifted at midnight local time, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. A three-day lockdown was imposed in Auckland because of three new infections. In addition, Ardern had ordered a nationwide obligation to wear mouth and nose protection.
Because of extremely strict measures and close contact tracing, New Zealand has come through the pandemic well so far. In the island state in the South Pacific with almost five million inhabitants, there were only 2001 cases and 26 deaths.
Primary schools and daycare centers open in ten federal states
After openings in Lower Saxony and Saxony, daycare centers and primary schools are starting up again or expanding in another ten federal states. Each federal state regulates the details for itself.
RKI: 4,369 new infections and 62 further deaths
The goal of the federal and state governments is a value of 50 in order to relieve the health system, from a permanent value of below 35 they have promised further lockdown openings. 62 other people died according to the RKI after a proven infection with the virus. This increases the number of deaths to 67,903 within 24 hours. In total, more than 2.39 million infections have been confirmed in Germany so far.
Half a million dead: Corona memorial ceremony in the White House
US President Joe Biden wants to commemorate the 500,000 corona deaths in the USA. The White House announced that the president would commemorate the dead with a moment of silence and the lighting of candles as part of a ceremony. Biden wanted to speak in the evening. It was expected that the US has recorded half a million corona deaths since the pandemic began. Also present at the ceremony were First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff. By late Sunday evening, Johns Hopkins University counted around 499,000 corona deaths in the United States.
KBV boss Gassen: Anyone who rejects AstraZeneca vaccine has to wait
The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, speaks out in favor of loosening the vaccination sequence in view of the skepticism towards the AstraZeneca vaccine. “If a vaccination offer is made to someone and it is rejected, that person has to go back and forth and others come first,” said Gassen of the newspaper “Rheinische Post”. First, medical staff must be vaccinated in the area. He lacks any understanding not to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca. “
The AstraZeneca vaccine is highly effective, more effective than any flu vaccine.”
Vaccination start in Australia
The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be vaccinated with the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine at the start of the vaccination campaign. “Today is a real milestone in our joint response to the fight against Covid-19 and to get things under control as quickly as possible,” says the head of the TGA health authority, Michael Kidd, on the public television channel ABC. By the end of the week, more than 60,000 cans from the German manufacturer are to be inoculated initially to health care workers and senior citizens.
The first batch of AstraZeneca’s vaccine is expected to reach Australia in the next two weeks.
Montgomery warns of rising case numbers in case of easing
The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, warns against loosening the situation in view of the increasing number of infections. “Anyone who talks about relaxation in times of rising R-values is acting absolutely irresponsibly,” the doctor tells the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe”. Because with every opening there is a significant increase in the numbers. “
The seven-day incidence also climbed again to over 60 cases per 100,000 population.
SPD doubts Spahn’s commitment to free rapid tests for everyone
The SPD doubts Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn’s promise to provide free corona tests for all German citizens from March 1st. “During the vaccination we noticed that we couldn’t believe Spahn’s announcements. Corrections and corrections continue to be made. And I’m a bit afraid that we will create the next disappointment (during testing),” says Secretary General Lars Klingbeil in politics -Talk the newspaper “Bild”.
The re are still “many questions” that Spahn did not answer.
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