Germany is in the middle of the third wave of the corona pandemic. SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach is now calling for action to be taken much faster and more rigorously.
SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach has called for rigid measures to contain the third corona wave in order to prevent a casualty record in this country of well over 100,000 deaths. “We have to stay well below 100,000 dead,” said the German government’s corona advisor to Berlin’s “Tagesspiegel” (Sunday edition).
So far, around 76,000 people have died in Germany after a corona infection. Lauterbach called for a quick new Corona summit, which would have to resolve a nationwide night curfew for at least two weeks. In addition, the health politician called for a stop of the model projects planned for the period after Easter, in which the corona restrictions are to be relaxed. “No openings, no model projects. We don’t need youth research now,” warned Lauterbach.
In particular, Lauterbach criticized the Saarland’s approach, where there should be nationwide easing, in the “Tagesspiegel”, as “lacking in solidarity”. “They received additional doses of the vaccine there because they are border regions and that is where the South African mutant spreads,” emphasized Lauterbach. The planned openings are “but also not showing solidarity, because we are ruining our entire message.” People urgently need to reduce contacts.
“The model experiments are nothing more than fig leaves for relaxation,” said the SPD politician. It is “an illusory idea that we loosen up and still the number of cases goes down”.
Vaccinations should be stretched
In addition to further restrictions to curb the corona death toll, Lauterbach demanded that the time between the first and second vaccination be extended to three months. He considers the Biontech / Pfizer corona vaccine “twelve weeks to be justifiable, even if it goes beyond the actual approval interval”. With the Astrazeneca corona vaccine, the interval between the first and second vaccination has already been increased to twelve weeks.
Lauterbach calculated that if there were only initial vaccinations, 60 million citizens could have received their first dose in the second quarter and thus already received a high level of protection against the virus.
Considerations by Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) to change the sequence of vaccinations and to vaccinate more young people because of their many contacts, Lauterbach sharply rejected. Older people have a significantly higher risk of death with a corona infection. “Now I cannot convey to these people that 20-year-olds are preferred to be vaccinated so that they can party without infecting others.”