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OVERALL ROUNDUP: Government buys pill – Compulsory vaccination and quarantine debate

Tuesday, 12/28/2021 5:26 PM from

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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In the corona pandemic, the federal government is increasingly relying on drugs in addition to vaccinations. As Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) announced on Tuesday, the government at the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer Bought a million packs of the corona drug Paxlovid, which is supposed to prevent severe courses. In addition, it is being discussed whether, as in other countries, quarantine regulations should be changed in Germany if the Omikron variant should cause the corona numbers to skyrocket, as feared. Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) also indicated how he could imagine a general vaccination requirement: with fines and random checks.

Lauterbach told the German Press Agency in Berlin that the first deliveries of the drug Paxlovid are expected in January. The drug is extremely promising. “I expect that we will be able to prevent numerous severe courses in the intensive care units.” The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency approval for it shortly before Christmas. Lauterbach also announced an emergency approval for Germany.

According to the manufacturer, patients take three tablets twice a day for five days. Paxlovid consists, among other things, of the active ingredient Nirmatrelvir, which inhibits a Sars-CoV-2 protein. This is to stop the virus from multiplying. According to information from Pfizer from the beginning of November, the corona pills are very successful in preventing severe disease courses in high-risk patients.

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Even with a milder course, the expected high numbers of infections are feared to burden the health system and important areas of the infrastructure, because many employees could be absent due to an infection and quarantine orders. The US and Israel have already relaxed quarantine rules and recommendations.

In the event that a general vaccination requirement is introduced, Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann relies on random checks and fines for violations. However, he is skeptical about the establishment of a national vaccination register. The FDP politician told the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Tuesday) that data protection officials feared that the state would gain extensive access to all health data of the citizens. “It is therefore most likely to first check the evidence on a random basis and to impose a fine if someone does not comply with this obligation.” / Jr / DP / he

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