The German government has warned against swapping vaccine-resistant mutations in the current corona wave. “We are in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic,” said Chancellery Minister Helge Braun of “Bild am Sonntag”. If the number of infections increases rapidly parallel to the vaccination, “the risk increases that the next virus mutation will become immune to the vaccine”. Then “we would be back with empty hands,” warned Braun.
“Then we would need new vaccines, then we would have to start all over again with the vaccination,” said the Christian Democratic politician. That must be prevented under all circumstances. “We must not jeopardize the chance of a largely normal summer by loosening up a few weeks too early.”
It remains “imperative that we bring the corona infections back down,” said Braun. For this, instead of the “Easter rest”, which has since been withdrawn, there must be regional curfews. “So that the infection process does not get out of control, in regions with incidences over 100 not only relaxations must be withdrawn, but additional measures must be taken.” As examples, Braun cited “regional curfews in the evening and at night” because at private meetings the highest infection rates.
If everything goes well, the infection situation would relax in May and travel would be possible again from August, Braun predicted in the interview. “We will see the first positive effects at Pentecost – provided that the situation does not get out of hand by then.” Travel at Easter is “simply not responsible” – but: “I think it is realistic that travel will be possible again in August are.”
Braun named testing in companies as an important step in containing the virus. If at least two thirds of the companies do not test their employees twice a week by the beginning of April, then there should be compulsory testing instead of the current voluntary commitment by industry.