Chancellery Minister Helge Braun warns of the appearance of vaccine-resistant coronavirus mutants. Too early easing now could endanger a normal summer. Braun has also commented on compulsory testing for companies.
If the number of infections increases, this also means the risk of new mutations. Chancellery Minister Helge Braun pointed this out. “We are in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic,” said the CDU politician of “Bild am Sonntag”, according to prior notification. “If the number of infections rises rapidly parallel to the vaccination, the risk increases that the next virus mutation will become immune to the vaccine,” explained the doctor with a doctorate. “Then we would need new vaccines, then we would have to start vaccinating all over again.”
“We mustn’t jeopardize the chance of a largely normal summer by loosening up a few weeks too early,” said Braun. “I expect that the relieving effect of the vaccination and the start of the warm season in May will be noticeable.” He thinks it is realistic that trips will be possible again in August. In the past few months, however, the federal and state governments had disappointed many people’s hopes for holiday trips for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter.
Companies should test twice a week
According to the newspaper, in the opinion of the Chancellery, companies should be obliged to carry out corona tests if at least two thirds of the companies do not test their employees twice a week by the beginning of April. The newspaper quoted the head of the Chancellery with reference to a voluntary commitment by the company to test every employee who is not in the home office twice a week. “We have not set a quota. It is clear that if it is not two thirds to three quarters of the companies, it is not enough,” added Braun.
Business association for lockdown and against compulsory testing
The president of the employers’ association Gesamtmetall, Stefan Wolf, has shown his willingness for a tough lockdown. “I would prefer if we could go into a tough lockdown nationwide for another ten days and then be able to open everywhere, instead of having no clear structures for months,” said Wolf of the “Welt am Sonntag” according to the preliminary report. The Prime Minister and the Chancellor have lost track of the economy. In view of the current opening steps in individual regions, Wolf called for uniform regulations. The Gesamtmetall boss rejected compulsory testing for companies.
No corona pill in sight
Meanwhile, Research Minister Anja Karliczek has dampened hopes for the rapid development of new drugs against Corona. “We cannot expect miracles here in the next few months,” said the CDU politician to the newspapers of the “Funke” media group (Sunday). “There will probably not be a single pill against Covid-19.”
However, there are promising approaches. “The development of promising therapeutics will not fail because of money,” said Karliczek. And even without the development of special drugs, seriously ill Covid 19 patients can be helped much better today than at the beginning of the pandemic.