The RKI’s task is to identify health risks at an early stage. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn are on site and then appear in front of the media.
- How should German politics continue in the Corona crisis *?
- So far, relevant for assessing the situation: the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) *.
- Chancellor Angela Merkel * and Health Minister Jens Spahn visit the authority this Tuesday (July 13th).
- We will report on the subsequent press conference in the live ticker from 12 noon.
Update from July 13th, 12:27 p.m.: How does Merkel want the mentioned vaccination quota (see update from 12.11 p.m.) to reach? Is advertising enough on its own? The willingness to vaccinate is more than 80 percent of all groups that the RKI surveyed, according to Wieler. But: “We have to succeed in getting the vaccination to the people.”
Update from July 13th, 12:23 p.m.: Unvaccinated people entering Germany have to remain in quarantine for the time being, informs Spahn. Merkel adds: “The third wave was not broken because we had everything under control.” That was due to the vaccination.
Update from July 13th, 12:21 p.m .: When asked, Merkel confirmed that the federal government would not follow France’s example. There should be no compulsory vaccination. That wouldn’t create trust. “We can gain trust by advertising.” There is still “potential”.
Spahn prefers to speak of the “vaccination requirement” instead of the obligation: “That is also a question of reason.”
Update from July 13th, 12:19 p.m.: In his speech, Spahn promotes everything for the corona vaccination. They want to be made more accessible now. “Opportunity makes vaccination”, he says, and speaks of “vaccination-to-go”. This should reach people who are not actively involved in the question.
“Vaccination is an individual decision, but every single decision here has consequences for the general public. Spahn comes to US President Joe Biden. The vaccination described it as a “patriotic task”.
According to Stiko – after weighing up the risks – a vaccination for over-12-year-old minors is possible, explains Spahn with regard to children and adolescents who had to restrict themselves particularly strongly during the pandemic.
RKI-PK with Merkel and Spahn: “Still far away” from the required vaccination quota
Update from July 13th, 12.11 p.m.: Merkel has the floor after a greeting from Wieler. After thanking the RKI, this comes straight to the situation in Germany: The incidence is low, but the R-factor is greater than one again. The probability of a new mutation is therefore high, you see that with a view to other countries. It was important to avoid this, also with regard to the effectiveness of the vaccines.
“The vaccination is showing an effect and there are now fewer serious cases among the number. But only the correlation has changed, the incidence remains important. “We have to learn how the vaccine works with the variant,” emphasizes Merkel. The effectiveness is very high for the severe courses.
An important aspect: the vaccination rate in Germany. It must be 85 percent among the 12 to 59 year olds and 90 percent among the over 60 year olds. “We are still a long way from that!” Says Merkel. The AHA rules would have to be complied with for the time being.
Update from July 13, 11:59 a.m.: The PK after Merkel and Spahn’s visit to the RKI (see first report) will begin shortly. RKI boss Lothar Wieler is also expected. It should start at 12 noon.
Corona in Germany: Merkel and Spahn visit RKI in Berlin.
Berlin – Since Corona, the term “incidence” is no longer a foreign word. How strongly infected people spread the pathogen within a certain period of time determined the political course. Thanks to the vaccination *, fewer people are now getting seriously ill with Covid-19, and the situation in the intensive care units is no longer as tense as it was in autumn. Although the incidence in Germany * is tending to rise again.
According to a media report, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) now wants to introduce hospitalization as an additional leading indicator. That reported the picture citing an internal presentation by the RKI. This should mean a move away from the incidence value as THE most important key figure in corona policy. According to the paper in the RKI paper, “several indicators are still necessary for evaluation, but the weighting of the indicators among each other changes”.
Politicians cannot completely forget the incidence * indicator when it comes to the question of which measures are appropriate to protect the population. That should also be a topic of conversation when Spahn and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU *) visit the RKI in Berlin this Tuesday to find out about the authority’s “current tasks, projects and challenges”. A press conference is planned for 12 noon.
Spahn worried about the Corona vaccination rate: “As few first vaccinations as last February”
Another topic: The vaccination campaign: the more people vaccinated, the better. There is no compulsory vaccination in Germany. But the goal is “herd immunity” against the virus. It means that there is hardly any risk of infection even for those who have not been vaccinated. The RKI estimates that a vaccination rate of 80 percent is necessary for this.
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) warned on Monday on Twitter: “35.4 million citizens (42.6%) have full vaccination protection, 48.6 million (58.5%) are vaccinated at least once. We last had as few initial vaccinations as yesterday in February – unlike in February, however, there is now enough vaccine. It remains: Please get vaccinated! “
RKI and Corona: Function and tasks of the authority in Berlin
The RKI is the federal government’s central institution in the field of disease surveillance. Its core tasks include the detection, prevention and control of diseases, especially infectious diseases.
The number of infections in Germany had risen slightly in the past few days – albeit at a low level. The federal government is currently concerned about the slowing pace of the vaccination campaign. (frs with material from AFP) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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