Potsdam. The head of the federal government’s Corona crisis team, Major General Carsten Breuer, has shown himself confident that a bulwark can be built against the omicron wave – also with more vaccinations. “The wave – you really have to talk about a wall that we are preparing for – is manageable,” said Breuer on Friday in Potsdam. “It will probably hit us for two to five weeks, we can’t predict it more precisely at the moment, we don’t know the force either. (…) But we can adapt to it and we can prepare for it – each of us. One of the preparations is still vaccination.” The head of the crisis team called on German citizens to vaccinate. “It is not only important that you have the vaccination logistics on the one hand, but on the other hand it is also important that people want to be vaccinated,” said Breuer after a meeting with Brandenburg’s Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD). in Potsdam. A possible general obligation to vaccinate is under discussion, but there are numerous protests against it.
60 million fully vaccinated
The federal government’s goal of another 30 million vaccinations by the end of January is ambitious for Breuer, but feasible. “Only when you have ambitious goals can you really achieve top performance,” he said. “One such feat is vaccinating the next 30 million. (…) But what really counts is every prick in the upper arm.” In mid-November, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had set a target of 30 million vaccinations by the end of the year – later by Christmas. That is achieved. He then issued a target of another 30 million shots by the end of January. In the meantime, however, it is no longer quite as fast as last year. According to the Robert Koch Institute, around 60 million people are fully vaccinated. Woidke thanked the head of the crisis team for his support in the vaccination campaign and in preparing to protect critical infrastructure against an omicron wave. “We’re well prepared, but we’re still very excited to see what’s in store for us,” said the Prime Minister. It is about protecting the hospitals, but also, for example, logistics chains.
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