Criticism of PCR prioritization after federal-state consultations

Status: 01/25/2022 10:34 a.m

After the federal-state round, there is criticism of the Corona course taken: social associations are disturbed by the PCR prioritization and professional football complains of a lack of perspectives.

After the top meeting of the federal and state governments on the coronavirus pandemic, criticism of the planned restrictions on access to PCR tests has increased. The prioritization of the PCR tests that has now been decided means that “we have no idea how high the number of infections really is,” said Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder in the daily topics. “We were surprised and annoyed,” said Söder. The impending test shortage is “not a strong sign for logistics and material procurement in Germany”.

According to the CSU politician, the discussions with the state colleagues and Chancellor Olaf Scholz were overall “unsatisfactory because we only postponed it again”.

At RTL, Söder defended his intention to withdraw corona rules in Bavaria, among other things in sports and culture. “Omicron is not Delta, so you can’t do the same things as Delta.” He does not intend to relax everything in Bavaria, “but we will adapt if, for example, the courts tell us that you have to find another way in retail, we will compensate for that if 2G does not work, with the FFP2 obligation.” .

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Fans need to stay further out

The representatives of the federal and state governments had agreed to stick to the previous protective measures despite the sharp increase in the number of infections. This means that in the professional leagues, for example in football and handball, it largely remains with ghost games.

Criticism of the lack of a timely perspective for the return of the fans came from football in particular. In terms of professional sport as a whole, it would have been important “to reach agreement now on differentiated scenarios based on the respective pandemic situation, with a view to the admission of fans,” said the new managing director of the German Football League (DFL), Donata hops, with. “In this way, clubs and leagues would at least have some planning security and a perspective in a situation that was also challenging for them.”

Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke was even clearer. He also does not rule out legal action. “We will take a close look at the decisions of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and check whether we can have them checked in an urgent procedure,” he told the dpa news agency. It is “bitter that after two years the majority of MPK participants are only thinking about bans and not also about a minimum of possibilities and logical decisions”.

PCR prioritization due to limited capacity

In their deliberations, the prime ministers and the federal government also agreed that clinic staff and people at increased risk should be given priority in PCR tests. However, the details have yet to be determined. At the same time, “every effort should be made to increase PCR test capacities,” it said.

However, the chairman of the Association of Accredited Laboratories in Medicine (ALM), Michael Müller, warned against expectations that are too high. “We cannot expand the capacities at will from one day to the next,” said Müller to the editorial network Germany. Such a step requires timely discussions and a “clear statement” about the actual need, according to Müller.

Laboratories require framework conditions

According to Müller, the laboratories have been responsible for creating additional capacities for 500,000 PCR tests since October. “If politicians demand more PCR test capacities, they must also create the framework conditions for this and ensure financial security in the event that they are not needed,” said Müller.

He called on politicians to talk about the intended expansion of PCR test capacities. “We would have to know by how much the capacity should be increased and in what period of time,” Müller told the dpa news agency. The chairman of the professional association of German laboratory doctors, Andreas Bobrowski, told the “Welt” that the shortage of laboratory staff cannot be remedied for the time being.

Criticism from the Patient Protection Foundation

Criticism of the federal-state decision also came from the chairman of the Patient Protection Foundation, Eugen Brysch. “It’s good that vulnerable people are now being prioritized for PCR testing,” Brysch told the editorial network Germany. “But Germany’s largest nursing service was forgotten. Five million relatives now have no access to laboratory tests.”

An infection that is not recognized or recognized too late makes life at home a high-risk area, according to Brysch. “Three million people in need of care need the daily support of their relatives. So it is vital to be able to recognize whether an infection is present.” The Federal Minister of Health is asked to prioritize these contact persons in the test regulation.

“A Crying Contradiction”

The teachers’ representatives also feel unlawfully ignored. “It is of course a blatant contradiction when politicians affirm in unison that keeping schools open is the top priority, but, as so often before, ducks away when it comes to specifically prioritizing students and teachers in health protection measures,” said the Head of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, the editorial network Germany.

The general manager of the joint general association, Ulrich Schneider, called for improvements to be made at home. “Now we mustn’t just stare at the shortage. We expect the federal government to do everything it can to build more testing capacities.”

Doubts about rapid tests instead of PCR tests

The Association of German Cities suggested using so-called POC-PCR tests to expand PCR capacities, which do not require a laboratory and are intended to deliver fast results. “But then the funding for these tests would have to be improved,” said Markus Lewe, president of the city council, of the dpa news agency. “We could also imagine working even more with certified antigen tests instead of PCR tests for free testing from isolation and quarantine.”

In the opinion of laboratory doctor representative Müller, however, rapid antigen tests for free testing do not offer sufficient security. “We see too many incorrect rapid test results in our everyday laboratory work and therefore recommend consistent free testing using the PCR method,” he said.

The Bremen epidemiologist Hajo Zeeb is also on this line. “It is problematic that in the future clinic and nursing staff will be able to test themselves with an antigen test after seven days,” he told the editorial network Germany. “I think it makes sense that PCR testing would continue to be used in these sensitive areas.”

Brinkhaus: PCR test for all citizens

Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus even insists on PCR testing for all citizens, despite the bottlenecks. “All citizens must have the opportunity to get certainty through a PCR test if they suspect corona or are infected, but also after they have survived the corona infection,” he told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

For Left Group leader Dietmar Bartsch, the new test strategy is “not a breakthrough in effectively combating the pandemic, but a single communication chaos,” as he told the Funke newspapers.

Millions of people forget – criticism of PCR test prioritization

Kai Clement, ARD Berlin, 25.1.2022 · 11:32

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