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"I wish the location was more comfortable" RKI boss Wieler complains about death threats

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RKI boss Lothar Wieler spoke about the sometimes massive threats against him in an interview. They are especially bad if he is made responsible for certain corona measures.

The President of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, is facing massive threats. “I wish the situation were more pleasant, but I still get threats,” Wieler told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

If, for example, it is publicly claimed that he is responsible for schools being closed, or if the claim is made somewhere that he wants lockdown instead of freedom, “then the threats, including death threats, increase massively”.

But that doesn’t prevent him from doing his job. “But the risk does not prevent me from my duty. As long as I am an official of this state, I will serve it responsibly,” said Wieler.

The RKI boss defended his institute again against criticism because of incomplete vaccination data. An RKI report, according to which more adults are probably vaccinated than official data suggest, caused a stir last week. He shared the anger about the reporting problems, but the RKI was not responsible for it.

“But the reporting of the vaccinating bodies is required by law in the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance, it must be complete and timely in order to be able to map the vaccination progress in Germany as accurately and up-to-date as possible. It is unfair to pass the blame on to the RKI,” said Wieler.

The officially reported data are the minimum vaccination rate, said the RKI boss. With the entry of resident doctors into vaccination, the vaccination quota can no longer be recorded as precisely as in the vaccination centers. “All we can say is that by the end of September, up to 84 percent of adults had been vaccinated at least once and up to 80 percent had been vaccinated completely.” How high the actual quota is now cannot be said.

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