The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach considers a "last strict lockdown" to be possible by the end of May, a sharp reduction in the number of cases of corona infections and mortality.

Experience from Israel has shown that this will be achieved when more than half of the population has the first vaccination, Lauterbach wrote on Twitter on Sunday about relevant Israeli statistics.

"So there are still 6 weeks left."

Lauterbach explained that a strict lockdown could save “well over 10,000 people”, mostly between the ages of 40 and 60. “Or we are not ready for it because the restrictions are not worth 10,000 deaths to us. Then we would have failed, ”continued the SPD politician. He accused other politicians of shying away from a concrete discussion of the number of victims to be expected in the event of a too soft lockdown.

Meanwhile, the statutory health insurance physicians expect that the previous vaccination priorities can be lifted in May.

If the deliveries increase as promised, the practices in May received significantly more than the 2.25 million doses that went to the vaccination centers every week, said the chairman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen, of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".

"In May, in addition to the general practitioners, the specialists are gradually on board, and we will vaccinate more and more healthy people and other people outside of the currently eligible groups," said Gassen.

"I expect that the prioritization regulations will gradually fall in May and that every adult will be able to receive a vaccination from then on."


The background to the confidence is the unexpected announcement by the Federal Ministry of Health under Jens Spahn (CDU) on Friday afternoon that in the coming week, the last week of April, almost 2.1 million vaccine doses will be delivered to doctors' practices.


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