Updated March 28, 2021, 9:27 a.m.
- The third corona wave could cost many more lives.
- Karl Lauterbach absolutely wants to avoid this and therefore pleads for more stringent measures.
- Among other things, the SPD politician is calling for nationwide night curfews.
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.
Lauterbach: Model experiments as fig leaves for loosening
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.” The people now 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”.
SPD politicians for stretching between first and second vaccination
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 Astrazeneca’s corona vaccine, the interval between the first and second vaccination has already been increased to twelve weeks. Lauterbach calculated that once there were only first vaccinations, 60 million citizens could get their first dose in the second quarter and thus already have a high level of protection against it Got 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.” (afp / thp)