Germany debates mandatory vaccine as incidence rate touches 400 cases | International

With 45,326 new infections in 24 hours, 309 deaths and 651,500 active cases, the German vaccination rate is one of the lowest in Europe with just 70.5% of the population vaccinated and 68% with the full schedule.

The cumulative incidence in Germany adds another new record for the sixteenth consecutive day and touches 400 new infections with coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, while the debate continues on the option of making the vaccine mandatory.

The incidence stands at 399.8 new infections, compared to 386.5 yesterday, 312.4 a week ago and 100 a month ago, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updated during the early morning.

The health authorities reported 45,326 new infections in 24 hours and 309 deaths, while active cases amount to around 651,500.

For its part, the accumulated rate of income in seven days currently stands at 5.28 per 100,000 inhabitants and the ICU occupancy of patients with covid-19 is 16.7% of available beds in critical units for the adult population.

Although the vaccination campaign registers a certain acceleration, that only happens when it comes to booster doses.

The vaccination rate is one of the lowest in Europe, with only 70.5% of the population vaccinated, 68% with the complete regimen.

Obligatory nature of the vaccine?

Given these data, there are already five regional heads of government -of Schleswig-Holstein, Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Sajonia-Anhalt y Hesse – who are open to considering a mandatory vaccine against covid-19.

In a column in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Bavarian head of government, Markus Söder, and the head of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, advocate mandatory, which they say “It does not constitute a violation of individual freedoms”.

“Rather, it is the condition to regain our freedom,” they write.

Speaking to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, the jurist of the Humboldt University of Berlin, Ulrich Battis, assures that preventively vaccinating citizens is perfectly compatible with the Basic Law, which in the Article 2 “establishes the protection of the lives of others”.

In the opinion of the jurist, the obligation should arrive “as soon as possible”, although it can no longer have an impact on the fourth wave, but it can help against a fifth.

Also the professor of law Franz C. Mayer sees the obligation to be compatible with the Basic Law and points out that it all depends on good motives and proportionality.

“The freedom of the individual ends when the freedom and health of others is in danger, and this is the case here, if the vaccination campaign does not work, “said the expert in statements to the media network RedaktionsNetzerk Deutchland (RND).

However, the acting Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, again expressed his skepticism on Monday about the possibility of a mandatory vaccine and insisted that what it is about is to break the fourth wave and “no mandatory vaccine breaks this wave, ”he said.


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