Germany may be moving towards mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 as Chancellor Angela Merkel, together with her successor Olaf Scholz, met with state premiers to address Germany’s current outbreak.
The measure has not been approved yet, but there seems to be a growing consensus amongst German politicians that this move is a required one. Conservative premier of Bavaria Markus Soeder stated that “almost all are in agreement that [they’re] moving forward on the issue of general mandatory vaccination.” This move would go against what German leaders have been saying for months that citizens would be able to decide themselves if they get inoculated or not. This may be the reason for the Germany’s comparatively low vaccination rate at less that 70%.
Angela Merkel’s chief spokesman Steffen Seibert stated in an email that “There is agreement that the fourth wave of the pandemic has led to an extremely serious — and in some regions dramatic — situation in our health system,” going on to highlight that the state and federal governments will move forward together in a resolute fashion.
Germany is currently experiencing a nation-wide surge in infections all while it transitions into a new administration led by Scholz’s Social Democrats, complicating the country’s pandemic coordination.
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