Status: March 31, 2021 3:34 a.m.
According to Stiko boss Mertens, the control mechanism worked in the case of AstraZeneca – even if a loss of trust is possible. The medical officers are demanding a consistent lockdown. All developments in the live blog.
Medical officers are demanding a consistent lockdown and concrete strategies
The German medical officers are calling for a hard lockdown in the debate about measures against the third wave of corona infections. “The vaccinations will not be able to break this third wave in the coming weeks,” says the chairman of the Federal Association of German Medical Officials, Ute Teichert, of the newspaper “Rheinische Post”. The contagion numbers can only be reduced with a consistent lockdown. “At the same time, we have to develop specific concepts on how to relax with a sensible test and vaccination strategy and apps for digital contact person tracking like the Luca app – but only when the number of cases is down.” This strategy also includes explaining exactly how people and institutions should proceed if a rapid test indicates an infection with SARS-CoV-2. “The succinct hint ‘Report to your family doctor or health department’ is not enough and leaves many helpless.”
Stiko Chairman: The control function at AstraZeneca worked
According to the Chairman of the Standing Vaccination Commission, Thomas Mertens, the effects of the amended recommendation for the AstraZeneca vaccine are difficult to predict. “It may be that trust dwindles as a result,” Mertens told the newspapers of the Funke media group. But it could also have the opposite effect. In any case, the control function of the Paul Ehrlich Institute worked well. “You have registered more than 30 worrying cases, it has been examined intensively and the alarm has been raised, and now we are reacting to it. That should actually be confidence-building.”
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