Scientists shoot hard at Finance Minister Ueli Maurer (70). By not having the second vaccination, he is sabotaging the vaccination campaign.
Ueli Maurer’s decision not to take the second dose of vaccine enrags scientists.
You accuse him of not living up to his role model function.
Ueli Maurer said he did not take the second dose of the vaccine. He was so tough that the first vaccination was “almost too much,” said the SVP Federal Council on Friday in a live stream of his party on YouTube (see video above).
Since then, experts have been expressing their incomprehension about the statement on social media. Maurer did not fulfill his role model function, so the tenor.
“Bricklayer has a duty”
Dominique de Quervain, neuroscientist at the University of Basel and member of the federal scientific Covid task force, writes on Twitter that because of the statement, those who consider themselves tougher than Ueli Maurer could now do without vaccination entirely. From a medical point of view, the statement is absurd. “Federal Councilor Maurer in particular has an obligation to support the vaccination campaign. Every day without sufficient immunity costs Switzerland 110 million francs. ”
The Bernese epidemiologist Christian Althaus writes: “It’s a shame that a magistrate has to behave like this.” He accuses Maurer of sabotaging a successful fight against the pandemic. The ex-taskforce member alludes, among other things, to the fact that Maurer told SRF in July that he had not installed the Covid app.
The President of the Federal Commission for Vaccination Issues, Christoph Berger, also reprimands Maurer. By not using the second dose of the mRNA vaccine, the latter is taking an unnecessary risk. “ The protection provided by the first dose is temporarily quite good – but the likelihood of infection increases if the second does not follow within six weeks,” he told the Sunday newspaper. After the second dose, however, you are 95 percent protected. “We cannot do without our finance minister during a pandemic.”
If Maurer wanted to save the second dose for a person at risk, Berger would also communicate this to the Federal Council. Its department has not yet commented on the finance minister’s motives. It remains to be seen whether Maurer intends to take the second dose at a later date. It is also unclear whether Maurer would basically support the British vaccination strategy. The re were also voices in this country calling for as many people as possible to be vaccinated at least once as a first step. However, the BAG rejects this approach.
It is not known whether Maurer received the vaccine from Moderna or from Biontech / Pfizer. According to a study published in December, the Biontech / Pfizer vaccine offers 52 percent protection after a single dose. According to its own information, the vaccine from Moderna offers vaccine protection of 80.2 percent after a dose.