Criticism of vaccination strategy: SPD and FDP rail against Spahn – and call for Merkel

Berlin –

SPD and FDP criticize the current corona vaccination strategy of the federal government. You call on Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) to intervene.

Germany is in a worse position in comparison with other countries, said SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil on Monday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. He blames Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) for this. FDP parliamentary group vice-leader Michael Theurer demanded: “Federal Health Minister Spahn must stand up for that
Excuse vaccination failure and chaos of the federal government. ”Merkel should explain in the Bundestag how the vaccination should continue to be successful. If necessary, “the coordination for the vaccination must take place in the Chancellery”.

Berlin: SPD and FDP criticize the health minister’s vaccination strategy

Klingbeil called for “a national effort” under Merkel’s leadership. He repeated the call for all pharmaceutical companies to be brought together to find out what cooperation agreements could look like. The search for further production possibilities for the only vaccine from Biontech that has been approved in the EU is already ongoing.

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Countries outside the EU like the US and UK had emergency approvals for vaccines after less extensive testing and started vaccinating earlier. In Germany, implementation is carried out by the countries that each have their own regulations. “We see these days that there are chaotic conditions,” said Klingbeil.

Spahn defends himself – Montgomery supports him

Federal Health Minister Spahn (CDU) defended himself against the allegations: “We have ordered enough vaccine for Germany and the EU,” said Spahn of the “Rheinische Post”. “The problem is not the amount ordered. The problem is the low production capacity at the beginning – with extremely high demand worldwide. “

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Even the chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, sees no wrongdoing in the actions of the federal government and the EU when ordering the vaccines. “Nobody knew which vaccine would cross the approval line first,” he said. All allegations are now “the cheap attempt to suck political honey from the vaccine shortage”. (dpa)

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