CDU politician Friedrich Merz is committed to giving “representatives of public life” priority access to the corona vaccine. This is important for a reason.
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CDU chairman Friedrich Merz has spoken out in favor of early vaccination of politicians against Corona. “As soon as there are capacities, representatives of public life must also be vaccinated,” he told the German news agency in Berlin. This is important given the skepticism about upcoming vaccinations.
There are many people who have doubts. “You have to take away their fears and fears.” Politicians should also lead by example and get vaccinated, Merz said.
Merz: Not to convince opponents of hard vaccines
This is also necessary to demonstrate that they want to keep the functionality of the institutions in Germany, Merz justified his proposal. “You won’t convince opponents of hard-boiled vaccines with the best arguments. You have to accept that in an open society,” he said. However, one could convince the uncertain to “take vaccination more seriously”. If a threshold of 50 or 60 percent of the vaccinated population has been crossed, the problem should generally be put in perspective.
Merz runs for the successor of party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU’s online party conference on January 16. The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, and the foreign politician Norbert Röttgen also want to become party leaders.
Merz, who fell ill with Corona in the spring, wants to be vaccinated against the virus as soon as the risk groups have been vaccinated. He had had the disease in a relatively mild form. That’s why he didn’t have a very high immunity level from the start. “That is why the advice went to me and I suspect others too: get vaccinated. In any case, I will do it as soon as there is sufficient capacity.”
Criticism of the length of the approval process
Merz criticized the length of the approval process in the European Union and in Germany. Vaccines developed in the Federal Republic are already being vaccinated in Great Britain, Canada and the US. “It makes me complain that it takes so long in Germany. And unfortunately it took way too long to get approval in Europe too.” This is “clearly a bureaucratic weakness of the European approval authority”.
When asked if it was a mistake to go at the lowest speed in the EU when approving the vaccine, Merz said, “We would probably have had a competition for emergency approval in Europe. Possibly with vaccines from China. Suddenly appeared out. Russia. “That’s why it was correct to say” we are doing this in a European way. But Europe was just too slow. We will have to draw conclusions from this next time “.
Where possible – and especially in retirement and nursing homes – vaccinations should be given soon after approval. Above all, the personnel in these facilities are at risk. “If we start so late, there’s little reason to delay again – if only for days,” Merz warned.
Restrictions on fundamental rights must be justified individually
The pandemic also remains an ethical challenge, including the question of what to do with restrictions on fundamental rights for those who have been vaccinated, Merz warned. Fundamental rights are individual, not collective fundamental rights. “When someone gets vaccinated, it becomes much more difficult to justify the curtailment of fundamental rights,” he said. “It’s not that easy to say, we’re waiting until we have what is called herd immunity among the entire population.” Restrictions to fundamental rights do not have to be justified collectively, but individually.
In Germany and other EU countries, vaccinations against the corona virus will start on December 27. The prerequisite is the approval of the vaccine from the company Biontech from Mainz and the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer. The recommendation for this is expected on December 21 by the EU Medicines Agency EMA. The European Commission will then decide on approval within two days. The company wanted to deliver the vaccine on December 26, a spokesman for the European Commission said.