Status: 01/16/2022 01:36 am
Health Minister Lauterbach warns against underestimating the situation in the clinics. In the UK, 16 and 17 year olds can now get boosters. All developments in the live blog.
Great Britain expands booster campaign
England’s health authority has announced that it will now offer the booster vaccination to all 16 and 17 year olds. So far, only high-risk patients in this age group have been able to receive a booster vaccination.
According to Health Minister Sajid Javid, more than 80 percent of adults in England are now on boosters.
“Africa is not the rest ramp for expired vaccines”
Development Minister Svenja Schulze condemns donations of vaccine doses with a short shelf life to developing countries. “Africa is not the rest ramp for expired vaccines,” says Schulze, according to a preliminary report to the newspapers of the Funke media group. Plannable deliveries are necessary in order to be able to vaccinate the vaccine. You can only defeat the pandemic if the whole world is vaccinated. “If this doesn’t succeed, we go into an endless loop with ever new mutations.”
Lauterbach warns of “difficult weeks”
In view of the omicron wave and the low vaccination rate in Germany, Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach warns of a high number of deaths and massive restrictions on hospital treatment. “We are threatened with very difficult weeks in Germany,” says Lauterbach of “Bild am Sonntag” according to the preliminary report.
At the moment it was mainly the younger people with many contacts who fell ill. But as soon as the elderly become infected, the number of hospital admissions will increase again. Then the space in the intensive care units and in the normal wards could become scarce. In international comparison, Germany has an older population with many chronically ill people. This is “fire hazard”.
In the interview, he also said that, in his opinion, compulsory vaccination should include three injections. This is the only way to be protected against all corona variants – at least against serious illness and death. “The obligation to vaccinate must be based on this,” said the SPD politician.