RKI chief voter fears fifth corona wave
Status: 11/20/2021 9:38 a.m.
Daily increasing numbers of infections, daily warnings: If not enough people are vaccinated, there will be a fifth wave, according to RKI boss Wieler. This is fueling the debate about the general compulsory vaccination.
In the middle of the fourth wave of the corona spread, the President of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, warns of further such cycles: “If the reduction in contacts and vaccination does not succeed intensively, we will also have a fifth wave according to the current modeling get “, he told the German press agency. It is bitter that so far not more people have decided to take this easy step.
“The further course of winter depends heavily on what happens now,” said Wieler. The microbiologist and veterinarian made it clear that there are two adjustments that need to be made. “It must now be ensured that people’s contacts are restricted across the board in Germany.”
He has been emphasizing for days that large celebrations, large events and large gatherings of people indoors should be avoided. “The effects of that would be seen in the number of infections after two weeks.”
“Very late, if not too late”
Wieler spoke out in favor of preventive action, even in federal states that were previously not so badly affected: “In the federal states where the numbers are still low, we have the chance to keep the numbers low with contact restrictions. There, where the numbers are high, it’s actually very late, if not too late, ”he said. Breaking the “brilliant course” is easier with low numbers.
“The second thing we have to do now is: massively increase vaccination activities,” said Wieler. However, this does not affect the number of cases as quickly as reducing the number of contacts: “The effects of this would be seen in three to five weeks, the vaccination has a medium-term effect.”
The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) had also made it clear that high booster vaccination rates would have to be achieved in order to have an effect on the spread dynamics.
Vaccination – protection from serious illness
“The vaccine is the way out of the pandemic,” said Wieler. “But that doesn’t mean that other measures can be completely neglected.” That is not easy to communicate. The vaccination gives a very, very high level of protection. “What some people may not fully understand is that there is no such thing as one hundred percent protection and that protection against infection is not as high as protection against serious illness.”
STIKO chairman Thomas Mertens also thinks a fifth wave is possible. “It is to be expected that there will also be a fifth wave in winter 2022,” he told the editorial network Germany. “How strong this is depends largely on how many people get vaccinated and boosted.”
The RKI has been striving for high vaccination targets since calculations from the summer: at least 85 percent of 12 to 59 year olds and 90 percent of seniors over 60 years should be fully vaccinated.
Markus Söder, Bavarian Prime Minister, on the planned Corona measures in Bavaria
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Söder: In a pinch with compulsory vaccination from “endless loop”
Meanwhile, the debate about compulsory vaccination continues. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder said in the daily topicsThat the crucial question is how to get out of the “endless loop” in the matter of Corona: “And that’s why, as in Austria, we have to talk from February about whether we won’t have a general vaccination obligation for the second half of next year”, so the CSU boss.
If all vaccination incentives do not work, then in the end “other and more sustainable options” have to be resorted to.
SPD and FDP against compulsory vaccination
Opposition to this position comes from the possible traffic light coalition: “Putting the general compulsory vaccination as a threat in the room does not help anyone. Especially the countries with dramatic Corona numbers should concentrate on expanding the vaccination offers as agreed and the new Corona Implement measures, “said the FDP health politician Christine Aschenberg-Dugnus of the” image “.
The acting Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said on TV channel Bild Live about the compulsory vaccination: “There won’t be any. Because we don’t consider it necessary, because we also consider it difficult from a constitutional point of view.”