Entry of the corona vaccination in a vaccination cardImage: POOL / AFP / Archive / Soeren Stache
World Medical Association boss Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has criticized the federal states for the corona vaccinations and at the same time praised Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). “The federal states have completely different regulations on how those eligible for vaccination come to an appointment,” said Montgomery of the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post” on Friday. That creates confusion and anger. “I think the scheduling of appointments on the general number 116117 is badly regulated,” said Montgomery and called for a uniform approach.
From the outset, there should have been a nationwide identical route to vaccination appointments via telephone and an Internet platform, added the medical officer. The countries did not organize that well, as it now turns out.
At the same time, Montogomery defended the Federal Minister of Health against persistent criticism. “Jens Spahn is not to blame for the shortage of the vaccine,” said Montgomery. “For his previous actions in the Corona crisis, he gets a straight A from me.”
In retrospect, the EU may have been able to order more vaccine doses from Biontech. At the time of the negotiations, however, the company’s lead was not apparent, said Montgomery. He criticized the SPD’s catalog of questions to Spahn. “The SPD will fall on its feet for turning so sharply against Jens Spahn. You cannot do the work of the government and the opposition at the same time.”
The catalog of questions on vaccine procurement submitted by Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) had also caused anger in the CDU. Spahn is criticized for the fact that the EU no longer ordered vaccines from Biontech and Pfizer last year.
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