Medical staff doubt that the blockade will end on January 31
German medical officials doubt that strict state restrictions on the crown could be lifted on January 31st. “I am very unsure whether we will be able to stop the blockade at the end of the month,” said Ute Teichert, chairman of the Professional Association of Public Health Doctors (Fanke media group) (Tuesday).
Judging by the current number of infections, by then it will be difficult to fall below the target of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week. It is also not enough if this mark is reached once. “The amount of infection should remain so low in the long run.” Undoubtedly one thing: “Relaxation in any case will only happen gradually, not immediately.”
To curb a large number of infections, stricter rules have been in place in all states since Monday. This includes tighter contact restrictions: your own family can only meet one person. In counties with more than 200 new infections per 100,000 population in seven days, you should not be allowed to move more than 15 kilometers from your place of residence without good reason.
The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and the candidate for the post of CDU chairman Armin Lache asked to understand that the policy does not know how things will continue after the blockade until January 31. “The question of how things will go concerns all of us. But we don’t know. ”In a pandemic by the end of the year, there would be no concept, he told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
But there are encouraging signals: a good two weeks after the start of vaccination with the first crown vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer, approved in the EU, the delivery of the second approved vaccine from the American company Moderna to the federal states and their vaccination centers will begin this Tuesday. By the end of the quarter, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) expects two million doses for Germany and 50 million doses a year.
Chairman of the National Association of Legalized Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) Andreas Gasen noted that a large number of vaccinations will soon be possible in medical practices. “In the foreseeable future, we will be able to use several vaccines that can also be vaccinated in medical practice,” said Gassen of the Rheinische Post. In addition to the vaccine from Art Nouveau, which has now arrived in Germany, this includes the vaccine from Astrazeneka.