For Drosten, excitement about the vaccination quota is “the total slapstick”

Die Virologen Christian Drosten und Sandra Ciesek.
The virologists Christian Drosten and Sandra Ciesek. Image: dpa

Drosten about excitement about vaccination quota: “The total slapstick”

In the debate about the precise vaccination quota in Germany, the virologist Christian Drosten defended the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 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 the “Coronavirus Update” podcast at NDR -Info. The topic is not new either, the RKI has been pointing out the problem for a long time.

According to a report on an RKI vaccination survey that appeared last week, probably more people among adults in this country are vaccinated than the data from the reporting system suggest. It was said that the quota for once and fully vaccinated persons would decrease 18 years up to 5 percentage points higher. The RKI had already reported in August of “a certain degree of uncertainty” in the interpretation of vaccination quota data.

Ultimately, the public excitement about the discrepancy was “completely free,” said Drosten. The situation has not changed. “That is just the total slapstick about what happened there.” You have to reckon with the vaccination rate for the entire population (and not for adults), said Drosten: There is the difference between that The reporting system and the RKI accompanying examination are low and “irrelevant” for the assessment of the overall situation. The accompanying study, a survey, also has some limitations.

Drosten also advocated loosening corona protective measures only gradually: “The most important thing is to close the vaccination gaps. And then we open step by step, one step at a time. “ The quota should be increased” as high as possible “.

It was the 100. Follow the podcast. According to NDR, the format is to be continued in the coming weeks with shorter episodes than last. In essence, however, he considers his project of providing scientific information in this way to be over since vaccines have become widely available, said Drosten. Science delivered. “The whole thing is now the task of politics.”

From February 1736 Drosten had in the multiple award-winning format about knowledge about Sars -CoV-2 informed, initially daily. In the meantime, the podcast is usually published every two weeks. Drosten and the virologist Sandra Ciesek take turns.

The expert from Frankfurt said on Tuesday that the further development of the pandemic in Germany is currently difficult to assess. However, it has often been observed that the number of infections is rising again after the school holidays.

Ciesek criticized the so-called hospitalization incidence (Covid – 19 – new admissions to clinics within seven days) “as the measure of all things”: According to the virologist, the indicator represents the actual exposure in many ways inaccurately. She spoke out in favor of taking a closer look at the location of the university clinics, as these are the Covid – 19 – patients treated with priority. Even within individual hospitals, departments are stressed to different degrees. The NDR also reported a major delay in reporting.

Drosten said, It is no wonder that the still relatively new reporting requirement does not yet work smoothly – but something like this cannot be “improved quickly” either. (dpa)

RKI-Chef Lothar Wieler verteidigt sich gegen Kritik.
RKI boss Lothar Wieler defends himself against criticism. Image: Imago Images / Jürgen Heinrich

RKI boss Wieler: We made no mistake with vaccination quotas

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has rejected responsibility for the officially reported vaccination rates in Germany that are apparently too low. “The RKI can only publish the vaccination data that has been transmitted to it accordingly,” said President Lothar Wieler. A coverage that is too low does not represent “an error or neglect of the RKI”, but rather goes back to non-reporting of some vaccinating agencies, it said. When determining the vaccination rate, one has to rely on the so-called digital vaccination rate monitoring (DIM), writes the RKI. The application and reliability of this reporting system is “exclusively in the hands of the vaccinating bodies (vaccination centers, vaccination teams, hospitals, medical practices, company doctors)”.

The RKI had a week ago in a Report written, among other things, that probably more people are vaccinated among adults than the official data suggest. This is indicated, among other things, by a survey of citizens. So the quota for once and completely vaccinated persons should decrease 18 years can be up to five percentage points higher. After the publication of this report, RKI was criticized among other things -Chef Wieler given. (dpa)

France’s government wants to extend controversial Corona passport

The French government wants the controversial health passport to fight the corona pandemic by the summer 2022 can use. The cabinet in Paris discussed a corresponding bill on Wednesday, which was submitted to the AFP news agency. Accordingly, the penalties for falsified health passports should be up to five years in prison and 75. 000 Euro will be increased.

In France, the health passport must be presented for many events and in many public places. He has a full corona vaccination, a recovery from Covid – 19 or a negative corona test.

Originally, the health pass was only valid until 15. November are to be used. According to the draft law, the government must submit to parliament by the end of February at the latest 2022 explain the reasons for extending the passport. The legal basis for the imposition of curfews and the closing of businesses in the event of a new flare-up of the pandemic should also apply until the summer. (AFP)

Allein in Irland sollen Hunderte Passagiere der Fluggesellschaft betroffen sein.
In Ireland alone, hundreds of airline passengers are said to be affected. Picture: Boris Roessler / dpa

Ryanair apparently excludes customers because of disputes over pandemic flights

Due to disputes about ticket refunds during the corona pandemic h at Ryanair according to media reports Passengers were refused check-in and were only allowed on board after the claims were settled . As the “Irish Times” reported on Wednesday, hundreds of travelers are affected in Ireland alone. According to information from the British newspaper “Guardian” there are also several cases in Great Britain.

It’s about so-called chargebacks. Because the Irish low-cost airline did not reimburse them for flights they had not taken due to the pandemic, travelers took the opportunity to get the money back through the credit card company. Ryanair apparently made a note of the names and details of these passengers and refused to board them for flights booked later, as previously reported by the “aerotelegraph.com” portal. The company sees itself in the right and referred to the terms and conditions.

Those affected had bought non-refundable tickets for flights that were carried out as planned despite the pandemic, said a Ryanair spokeswoman for the Irish Times. The chargebacks via the credit card company were “unlawful”. The airline spoke of a “tiny minority” of less than 850 traveler. These passengers would not be taken back until they had paid their debts. As reported by “Irish Times” and “Guardian”, many of those affected only found out about the lock shortly before the start of their journey. They had been able to book the new flight anyway.

Only before The British competition authority recently closed investigations against Ryanair and British market leader British Airways in these cases, citing the unclear legal situation. (dpa)

Biden’s ruling has political opposition to vaccinations tightened and made it another accelerator of polarization. We believe that private employers should be allowed to impose their own vaccination requirements. (…) If employers require vaccinations, some workers are likely to quit or be made redundant and they (the companies) may have difficulty replacing them. If companies don’t adhere to them (vaccination requirements), they could get an M. got a clue. (…) Many Americans have a financial cushion thanks to pandemic-related bridging payments and therefore do not have to work. (…) There are many reports from teachers, bus drivers and health care workers who quit because of (vaccination) obligations. (…) Fortunately, the virus is ebbing again and booster vaccinations should reduce the number of infections and deaths. But the damage done by Biden to the US economy and individual freedom could prove more persistent.

Commandant in the “Wall Street Journal”

I would be very much in favor of us doing at least 3-G. This will also be the case with concerts and events. The discussion is a little more difficult at church services. But I think we shouldn’t undermine social vaccination efforts. (…) The church should not become a refuge for vaccine skeptics, because we think that a service should be accessible in any case.

The Protestant theologian Thies Gundlach

Der Schriftzug von Boeing ist am Hauptsitz  in Chicago angebracht.
Image: Imago Images

Der Schriftzug von Boeing ist am Hauptsitz  in Chicago angebracht.
The Boeing logo is attached to the headquarters in Chicago. Picture: Joel Lerner / Xinhua / dpa

Compulsory vaccination for 125. 000 Employee at the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing

The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing performs under an order issued by President Joe Biden for US contractors Federal authorities make vaccination compulsory. “By December 8th, the approximately 125. 000 US employees either provide proof of vaccination or take recognized, reasonable protective measures as a result of a disability or genuine religious belief, “said Boeing. The US airlines American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines as well as the aircraft parts manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems also declare that they will adhere to the deadline prescribed by Biden. (Reuters)

USA opens border to Canada and Mexico for vaccinated people

The USA also want their Reopen land borders with Mexico and Canada to travelers. One of the prerequisites is a proven vaccination against the coronavirus , as a high-ranking White House employee announced on Wednesday. At the end of September, Washington had already announced the lifting of entry restrictions for vaccinated EU citizens and British by air.

The exact date for the entry into force of the rules for entry by land and air would be announced “very soon”. These would follow the same schedule.

The entry bans that had been in force for one and a half years were recently increasingly controversial in the USA. The then President Donald Trump had the restrictions in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Trump’s successor Joe Biden initially adhered to the entry bans after taking office in January. This caused increasing criticism in the EU and also in the USA. (AFP)

Intensivstation an der Uniklinik Greifswald
Intensive care unit at the University Hospital Greifswald Picture: dpa / Jens Büttner

Intensive care physicians see no relaxation

According to the intensive care physicians , the capacities for free beds in the intensive care units are currently relatively stable. “At the moment we are in a plateau phase, we are stagnating at around 1300 Covid intensive care patients. The situation is under control, “said Gernot Marx , President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), the editorial network Germany (RND).

However, there is no way to speak of relaxation. Furthermore be Covid – 19 but for Intensive care medicine is a “great burden”, but the situation in the intensive care units is meanwhile “no longer always and primarily determined by Corona.” There are on average two free intensive care beds per location . “The vast majority of the patients we treat – we know this from discussions with many colleagues in large German intensive care units – are not vaccinated at all or not fully vaccinated.” (Reuters)

Little dynamism in the infection process

With the seven-day incidence in Germany there is little dynamic. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of the new infections per 100 000 residents and week on Wednesday morning with 65, 4 . For comparison: on the previous day the value at 65, 8 located, one week ago at 62, 3 (previous month: 81, 9). The health authorities in Germany reported to the RKI within one day 11. 903 New corona infections . This can be seen from the numbers that show the status of the RKI dashboard from 04. 23 Play the clock. A week ago the value at 12. 547 Contagions located.

According to the new information, throughout Germany within 24 Hours 92 Fatalities recorded . A week ago it was 76 there have been deaths. The RKI has counted 4 since the beginning of the pandemic. 330. 258 proven infections with Sars-CoV-2. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. (dpa)

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

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

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

Eliasova pointed out, however, that vaccinations of 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. Every single application must be checked individually and approved by a specialist.



In September misleading reports in German-speaking media had given the impression that schoolchildren under the age of twelve were also systematically against Covid in Slovakia – 19 vaccinated. Eliasova, on the other hand, made it clear that it was previously in the Sl owakei have not yet given a single vaccination to this age group. (dpa)

Thailand plans to open up to 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 Center for Covid – 17 Situation administration (CCSA) and the Ministry of Health 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 then only have to do one PCR test before leaving home and another when arriving in Thailand, Prayut said. (dpa)

Federal Labor Court hearing first corona dispute

The payment of mini-jobbers during the closure of specialist shops in the corona lockdown is on Wednesday (9th 00 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 is about 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 attacked an employee in 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 to the official.

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

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 Daycare visits are important 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 the pedagogical attention of the educators and educators to the children, especially after they have been able to return to their facility after the lockdown phases. (epd)

German biotec company Curevac announces first vaccine candidate

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 means that public health needs are changing, said Curevac boss Franz-Werner Haas.


The drug of the first generation CVnCoV, on the other hand, 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 are 65, 3 percent 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 adults. More than 54 Millions of citizens are according to the Federal Ministry of Health fully vaccinated.

Among the children and adolescents of 12 until 17 years have meanwhile 43, 3 percent get at least one first injection , 34, 2 percent are complete 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. 43. 188 at. (dpa)

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