Slovakia vaccinates children at risk from the age of five

Bislang wurden Kinder in der Slowakei noch nicht geimpft.
So far, children in Slovakia have not yet been vaccinated. Image: IMP

Slovakia starts corona vaccinations for high-risk children from the age of five

Slovakia is preparing to vaccinate certain children aged five to eleven against Covid – 19 before. The first vaccinations could “This week”, said ministry spokeswoman Zuzana Eliasova on Tuesday of the German press agency on request. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has not yet approved it, but Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky issued a special permit for vaccinating children aged five and over.

Eliasova pointed out, however, that vaccinations for this age group will only be allowed in special risk cases and upon written request from parents . The exemption only applies to children who, in the case of Covid – 19 there is an extremely high risk of dying from it or of suffering particularly serious consequences.

The vaccinations are only allowed in three specially equipped hospitals in the country. Each individual application must be checked individually and approved by a specialist.



In September, misleading reports, including in German-speaking media, gave the impression that school children under the age of twelve were also systematically against Covid- 19 vaccinated. Eliasova made it clear that there has not yet been a single vaccination in this age group in Slovakia. (dpa)

Christian Drosten nimmt das RKI in Schutz
Christian Drosten takes the RKI under protection Image: dpa / Michael Kappeler

Discrepancy in vaccination quota – Drosten defends Robert Koch Institute

In the debate about the uncertainty about the vaccination quota in Germany, the virologist Christian Drosten took the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) under protection. He does not consider the unilateral assignment of blame to the RKI and Lothar Wieler to be justified , said the expert from the Berlin Charité on Tuesday in Podcast “Coronavirus-Update” at NDR-Info. The topic is not new either, the RKI has been pointing out the problem for a long time.

Ultimately, the public excitement about the discrepancy was “completely free”, said Drosten. The situation has not changed. You have to calculate with the vaccination rate of the total population (and not of adults) : This is the difference between the reporting system and an RKI -Company investigation low and “irrelevant” for the assessment of the overall situation. The accompanying study, a survey, also has some limitations. (dpa)

Thailand plans to open up for vaccinated people from safe countries

Thailand plans to open its borders to quarantine-free holidays for fully vaccinated people from at least ten countries from November 1st – including Germany. He has the Crisis Center for Covid – 19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Department of Health instructed to review the plan as soon as possible, said Prayut.

Other countries that should be on the list because of their low corona incidence are Singapore, China and the US. Vacationers would only have to do one PCR test before leaving home and another when arriving in Thailand, Prayut said. (dpa)

Federal Labor Court negotiates first corona dispute

On Wednesday o’clock) the Federal Labor Court in Erfurt. It is the first corona dispute to be heard at the Federal Labor Court, said a court spokeswoman. The lawsuit concerns the claim of a female mini-jobber from Lower Saxony to payment during a business closure ordered by the authorities in April 2020.

As a result, the plaintiff was unable to work as a saleswoman in a shop for sewing machines and accessories for a month. She insists on her pay, arguing that the business closure during the pandemic is an operational risk that employers must bear. The Lower courts upheld their lawsuit.

In contrast to their employees full-time and part-time retailers could not send marginally employed persons into short-time work during the corona lockdown phases. (dpa)

Man beats employees in the Dresden corona test center

In the dispute over a free corona test, a man in Attacked an employee at a Dresden test center. The 43 – year-old asked for a free test on Monday afternoon and began to discuss it with the staff, as the Dresden police announced on duty.

When asked to leave the test center, he hit a 41 – year-old employee. Alerted police officers made reports of trespassing and bodily harm against the attacker .

Since Monday, the citizen tests are no longer free. Unvaccinated people who want to visit a restaurant or an event, for example, have to pay for the required corona test themselves. Exceptions apply, among other things, to those groups who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and who can prove this or who have not yet been vaccinated Vaccine is available. This includes, for example, children under the age of twelve. (AFP)

Kardinal Marx hat die Relevanz der Kitas betont.
Cardinal Marx emphasized the relevance of daycare centers. Image: IMP

Cardinal Reinhard Marx acknowledges the importance of daycare centers in the corona pandemic

According to the Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the corona pandemic has shown the “extraordinary importance of daycare centers”. Daycare centers are important for children, parents and families, said Marx on Tuesday during a video exchange with Catholic daycare experts, according to the announcement. Children are helped in day care centers on their way to develop into personalities. Without a group, without a community, this is not possible.

Especially for children from a difficult environment The day care center visit is important in order to move forward, said Marx. The head of the education department of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, Sandra Krump, emphasized the special importance of emergency care and educational support of the educators to the children, especially after they were able to return to their facility after the lockdown phases. (epd)

German biotec company Curevac gives first Vaccine Candidates on

The Tübingen biotech company Curevac is giving up its first corona vaccine candidate. The company announced on Tuesday that it would now focus on the second-generation corona vaccine in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. Clinical trials should begin here in the next few months. The pandemic is developing into an endemic, which is changing public health needs, said Curevac boss Franz-Werner Haas.


In contrast, the drug of the first generation CVnCoV will be withdrawn from the ongoing approval process, it said . This also ends the preliminary contract with the European Commission. Curevac is examining to what extent the commitments entered into in this context can also be transferred to the second-generation vaccine candidates. The decision was not well received by the stock market. The shares gave just under 15 percent after. (Reuters)

Eine Frau lässt sich im sächsischen Aue in einem
A woman is given an injection in a “drive vaccination” in Aue in Saxony. Picture: Robert Michael / dpa

75, 9 percent of adults in Germany fully vaccinated

In Germany 65, 3 percent t of the population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The rate among adults is 75, 9 percent, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Tuesday. Have been vaccinated against the virus at least once 68, 6 percent of all citizens, and 79, 4 percent of Adult. More than 52 Millions of citizens are fully vaccinated, according to the Federal Ministry of Health.

Among the children and adolescents of 12 until 17 years have meanwhile 43, 3 percent at least one first Get injection, 36, 2 percent are complete dig vaccinated.

The RKI assumes, however, that probably more people among adults are vaccinated than the data suggest. In a report at the beginning of October it was said that the quota for once and completely vaccinated persons had decreased 18 years up to five percentage points higher.

Over a million people in Germany have already received a booster vaccination. The RKI gave the value on Tuesday with 1. 44. 188 at. (dpa)

2020 there was 70 Percent fewer passengers in long-distance buses

The pandemic has significantly impacted the long-distance bus business. The number of passengers in regular bus services went down in the year 2020 around 70 percent to almost 6.5 million passengers back, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday in Wiesbaden.


International trips were affected somewhat more by the declines: According to the information, domestic traffic accounted for 4.8 million passengers (minus 69 percent) and on cross-border traffic 1.7 million passengers (minus 74 percent) . “The greater declines in cross-border traffic are likely to be due to travel warnings and border closings, among other things,” said the statisticians distance traveled by all passengers. This has changed compared to the year before the crisis 2019 also at 70 percent to almost 1, 9 billion passenger kilometers reduced. The average occupancy rate of the spaces per long-distance bus was also 44 Percent below the previous year’s value (52 percent). According to the information, the degree of occupancy is calculated based on the ratio of passenger-kilometers to the transport offer. (dpa)

Der brasilianische Präsident Jair Bolsonaro leugnet weiter die Gefahr, die vom Coronavirus ausgeht.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continues to deny the danger posed by the corona virus. Image: / Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters

Brazil’s President Eine Frau lässt sich im sächsischen Aue in einem Bolsonaro finds questions about Corona dead boring

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro can no longer hear questions about the corona deaths. He does not want to ask questions about the threshold of over 176. 000 Deaths related to Covid 18 get bored, he says at a public appearance on a beach in Guaruja in the state of Sao Paulo . “In which country did no people die? Tell me!” he answers a reporter to a question about the corona deaths . “I didn’t come here to be bored.” According to official information, in Brazil 601. 0 11 People died of or with the coronavirus.


To the USA and India has the largest and most populous country in Latin America with almost 22 Millions of cases most infections. Living in Brazil 210 Millions of people; the country is 24 times as big like Germany.

Bolsonaro played down the corona virus from the start and rejected protective measures and restrictions. He also doubts the sense of vaccinations and has emphasized several times that he himself has not yet been vaccinated against Corona. A parliamentary committee of inquiry into the corona crisis management of his government is running.

Tens of thousands demonstrated against Bolsonaro several times in the past few months. On Friday, on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro – organized by the non-governmental organization “Rio de Paz” – symbolically 600 white towels hung up. (Reuters, dpa)

Christian Drosten nimmt das RKI in Schutz

Why the number of vaccinated intensive care patients is increasing

Sociologist: Around half of those who oppose the vaccination are politically motivated

According to the Göttingen sociologist Berthold Vogel, 50 until 60 Percentage of anti-vaccination cases politically motivated. That was “not primarily an expression of medical concerns, but a fundamental protest against democracy and its institutions,” said Vogel the Evangelical Press Service. This group, probably a little more than half of those who have not yet been vaccinated, will not accept offers for immunization in the future either, according to the social researcher.

“Nevertheless, I am convinced that we can reach the rest and decisively increase the vaccination rate with outreach vaccinations and 2G,” said the director of the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI ).

From Vogel’s point of view, there are politically motivated Vaccination opponents have a large overlap with “base” and AfD supporters. Current research findings have shown a clear correlation between a low vaccination rate and a high percentage of votes for the AfD. Rather, the majority of the politically motivated opponents of vaccinations belong to the middle class and are well qualified. “

From Vogel’s point of view, the so-called “late vaccinations” make up about a fifth of those who have not yet been vaccinated. “I count people living in isolation in this group. They lack the social environment that encourages them to vaccinate, ”said the sociologist. These people did not refuse the vaccination for health reasons either. In the absence of social pressure, they simply did not feel confronted with the decision.

Vogel defined workers with insecure traffic jams as the third group. “They are often very concerned about contact with authorities. Many also perceive vaccination as a social risk, ”explained Vogel. Experience of many municipalities has shown that these people are ready to be vaccinated if their fears are taken away from them beforehand. (epd)

Der britischer Premier Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Image: AFP / Christopher Furlong

Parliamentary report accuses Johnson of serious errors

A parliamentary report gave British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a bad testimony for his dealing with the coronavirus issued. Delaying a lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic last year was therefore “one of the greatest public failings health “ in the country’s history, the investigation report published on Tuesday said. The government’s” wrong “approach have cost human lives.

The MPs not only criticized the fact that the government was late in curfew for the own population – they also pointed out that Great Britain had tightened its border controls very late. Accordingly, the government had initially underestimated the coronavirus and worked with the wrong models. The government policy “should have been questioned more by everyone,” says the report.

The MPs had heard numerous witnesses for their report, including the controversial ex-advisor to Johnson , Dominic Cummings , who himself i n was criticized. An independent public investigation of the government’s corona policy should not follow until next year.

Great Britain is almost 138. 000 Corona deaths in one of the worst affected countries by the pandemic in Europe. While numerous European governments began 2020 had already sealed their borders and issued lockdowns, Johnson had only been able to bring himself to do so at the end of March. Shortly thereafter, Johnson himself landed in intensive care with a corona infection, numerous of his cabinet colleagues and advisors became infected. Among his advisors had long circulated plans for a controlled “contamination” of the population. (AFP)

Australiens Premier Scott Morrison (Archivbild)
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison (archive image) Picture: dpa / AAP / Lukas Coch

Canberra wants to unlock lockdown after two months

After two months, the lockdown in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) with the Australian capital Canberra will be lifted on Friday. This is possible because meanwhile 72 percent of citizens are fully vaccinated , announced the regional government on Tuesday. On Monday the lockdown in the state of New South Wales with the metropolis of Sydney had already ended – after 106 days. The region around Canberra is located on the east coast and is surrounded by New South Wales.

In the ACT, groups of up to 25 People outdoors and up to five Meeting people in their homes, it was said. Restaurants, hairdressers and swimming pools as well as many other facilities can also reopen if strict distance rules are observed.

In mid-August, the ACT with around 430. 000 inhabitants confirmed a corona case for the first time in a year. A lockdown, initially imposed for seven days, was extended several times due to the increasing number of infections. On Tuesday the authorities booked 26 new cases.

Australia with its 25 had millions of inhabitants for a long time pursues a zero covid strategy and has long been successful in the fight against the pandemic due to extremely strict rules. However, due to the spread of the delta variant, lockdowns have increased in several regions in recent months. (dpa)

Coronatest für 15 Euro in München
Corona test for 15 Euro in Munich Picture: dpa / Peter Kneffel

Federal government already paid more than five billion for tests

The corona tests have already cost the federal government more than five billion euros. As figures from the Federal Social Security Office show, the health fund had billed over 5.2 billion euros by mid-September . The federal government paid 1.4 billion euros for antigen tests alone. On Monday, out of “fairness” to taxpayers, the government abolished the free citizen tests. First the “Rheinische Post” had over the figures reported.

The federal government spent 1.1 billion euros on laboratory diagnostic services. Other services such as taking smears cost 2.4 billion euros. In addition, the federal government paid around 44 million euros for tests in rehabilitation facilities and in shelters for the homeless.

Since Monday the citizen tests are no longer free. Sun politicians want to increase the pressure on unvaccinated people to get vaccinated. Exceptions apply to all groups who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and who can prove this, or for whom a vaccine is not yet available. (AFP)

Urlauber am Strand von Phuket in Thailand
Vacationers on Phuket Beach in Thailand Image: AFP / Jack Taylor

Thailand opens to vaccinated people from safe countries

Good news for long-distance travelers: From November 1st, Thailand will open its borders to quarantine-free holidays for fully vaccinated people from at least ten countries – including Germany . This was announced by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a televised address on Tuesday. Other countries that are on the list for their low corona incidence are Singapore, China, and the United States. Vacationers would only need to do one PCR test before leaving home and another when arriving in Thailand, Prayut said. After that you could travel freely to all parts of the country Then the serving of alcohol in restaurants, which has been banned for months due to a severe corona wave, will probably be allowed again.

“It was also one of the most painful experiences in my life for me to make decisions through which salvation of life had to be reconciled with the salvation of livelihoods, ”stressed Prayut. The tourism sector, which is extremely important for the country, has been almost completely on the ground for more than a year and a half. Since then, many people have lost their income .

Last year Thailand was still considered a model country in the fight against the pandemic – but since April the state has experienced its worst wave to date. The number of infections in the country with 70 Millions of inhabitants are slowly sinking. On Tuesday the authorities reported around 7962 New infections and 84 Deaths in connection with Covid – 19. (dpa)

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