Vaccination debate: Lauterbach does not submit a proposal

Status: 01/12/2022 09:03 p.m

The Federal Minister of Health wants to maintain “a certain neutrality”. Just like Chancellor Scholz, he is a clear supporter of compulsory vaccination. Federal President Steinmeier warned that the project should be carried out with care.

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) will refrain from submitting his own application for general vaccination. He told the news portal “The Pioneer”. Presenting your own draft to the Bundestag is “not such a smart idea”. As a minister, he wanted to remain neutral.

Nevertheless, Lauterbach emphasized that he was “shoulder to shoulder” with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), who is a clear advocate of general vaccination.

No time pressure

However, Lauterbach does not see any particular time pressure for compulsory vaccination. In any case, it no longer plays a decisive role for the Omicron variant. Rather, the obligation to vaccinate is important for a possible new wave in autumn.

The chairman of the board of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, says he has no understanding that the corona vaccination is a long time coming. “Politics is currently very slow,” he said on RTL. This applies to the implementation of the resolutions of the most recent prime ministers’ conference on quarantine and also to compulsory vaccination.

“When I hear that the Bundestag cannot meet because it’s carnival week and there is no session then, it’s a slap in the face to all the doctors and nurses who are always on call, day and night. That can’t be an argument “Said Montgomery.

Steinmeier: “Duty to vaccinate means duty to debate”

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for a careful debate about the possible obligation to vaccinate. “Such an extraordinary measure also places our state in an extraordinary obligation to its citizens. In short: obligation to vaccinate means obligation to debate,” said Steinmeier.

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According to Steinmeier, particularly high demands must be placed on the justification for such an extraordinary measure. This applies all the more since the federal and state governments have explicitly ruled out compulsory vaccination for a long time.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss general vaccination requirements

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luxury debate

In view of the mandatory vaccination debate in countries like Germany, the United Nations campaigned for better global distribution of vaccines. Vaccine must also be brought to other states, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric: “We can lead the debate on vaccination. But this is indeed a luxury. So let’s just focus on getting vaccines to places that need them .”

There is an oversupply of vaccines in many countries in the Global North. In many poorer countries, however, not all people can be vaccinated.

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