Germany is in what is probably the biggest crisis since the beginning of the pandemic: the intensive care units are working on the attack, the incidence is increasing daily. Spahn and Wieler have now given an update.
In view of around 65,000 new corona infections, the federal and state governments decided on Thursday a catalog of measures to contain the pandemic. Here is the overview.
Read the press conference by RKI boss Lothar Wieler and Health Minister Jens Spahn on the corona situation in Germany in the t-online live ticker:
11.10 a.m.: The press conference is over.
11.10 a.m.: “Wirtschaftswoche” reports that Pfizer’s Covid pill will soon be bought by the ministry. Correctly? Spahn says they are in talks and negotiations with companies about a drug against Covid for Germany.
11:08 a.m.: Is Germany accepting Dutch patients? Spahn is in exchange with the minister and also with the neighboring federal states. If there is capacity, Germany will also try to help.
11:05 a.m.: Kubicki said vaccination is not a question of solidarity. How do you feel about it? Spahn: “I find the statements extremely problematic and that is not my understanding of freedom.” The understanding that everyone only thinks of themselves does not work that way in society. The decision not to vaccinate always affects others too. “But also those with whom you live, including the nursing staff, the doctors and others who may be infected.” The truth is that if you had a lower number of unvaccinated people, the situation was completely different. “In a pandemic like this, it’s a matter of solidarity.”
11 a.m.: Vaccine approval for five to eleven year olds? Spahn: The funds have to be produced and delivered first, some processes are necessary. All EU countries will be around December 20th. Get vaccine, about two million doses are planned for Germany. The first question that would come up could be answered so well. “We want to enable all five to eleven year olds to be vaccinated.”
The vaccine is specially produced because the dose is lower.
10:58 a.m.: How will Christmas be? Spahn: “At the end of the day it’s up to us.” It has been seen that reducing the number of contacts brings something. He doesn’t trust himself to be able to make an exact forecast yet.
Wieler: The measures taken today will only be seen in two weeks, to see whether they are having any effect. Five weeks is not a long time, the measures must now be stringently integrated. “We want schoolchildren to be well protected. We have always said that we do not approve of the elimination of the mask requirement.” He doesn’t want a single child to die. If you can take preventive action against it, then you have to do that too. “I don’t want a single child to die.”
10.55 a.m.: High number of cases in schools, why not change classes? Spahn: You react to it, for example by reducing the mask requirement. But those are the hardest decisions. The closing of schools and daycare centers is on the back burner.
10.56 a.m.: Care bonus: Federal government is checking financial resources? Spahn: “The particular challenge at this time is that it is now the decisions of the traffic light parties.” Has the exact altitude not yet been discussed? Spahn is for a bonus of at least 5,000 euros. “We don’t need to give them a few hundred euros.”
10:54 a.m.: In Thuringia, the incidence of hospitalization is higher than in Saxony, although fewer new infections. How does it work? Wieler cannot answer that.