Berlin (AP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) warned before the federal and state vaccination summit in the afternoon against equating vaccinated and tested people in the discussion about the return of freedoms.
According to participants, Merkel said in a meeting of the CDU presidium on Monday that what applies to fully vaccinated people cannot apply to those who have been tested.
The security of vaccination is much more robust than the security of tests.
First the "Bild" newspaper reported on the quotations.
From those participating in the subsequent online consultations of the larger CDU federal executive it was said that CDU boss Armin Laschet had spoken at the beginning about the positive progress in vaccination.
Already in the presidium it was mostly about coping with the corona pandemic.
The "Bild" newspaper also reported that Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) had said in the presidium that the rules with a distance and masks would have to remain until group immunity was achieved.
It is also a great challenge to advertise a vaccination among migrants.
The Federal Government's Migration Commissioner, Annette Widmann-Mauz, also spoke about the problems of reaching migrants on the subject of Corona.
This does not work in conventional ways.
Like the Chancellor, Spahn warned against lifting the prioritization across the board.
CDU Vice Julia Klöckner spoke out before the vaccination summit in favor of giving back certain freedoms to those who had been vaccinated.
When asked when the vaccination priority should fall, she said before the hybrid meeting of the CDU presidium that this also had to do with how far the vaccination progress was.
The federal states are making very different progress here.
Vaccinated people should quickly regain certain freedoms that were temporarily restricted, said Klöckner. It is also clear: “People need perspective” because the ceiling falls on many of them. At the same time, the expert advice must be heard. "I guess the summer will give us a lot of air again," emphasized Klöckner. When asked if people could go on summer vacation, she replied: “I am confident. Nonetheless, we then have to look at the facts too. " Klöckner added: "Because in the end we want to move forward and not fall back again."
From the point of view of Karin Maag (CDU), health policy spokeswoman for the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, the basic rights of vaccinated persons with full vaccination protection should “not be further restricted”.
This also applies to those who have recovered who, according to the PCR test, are no longer infectious and have already received a vaccination, she told the "Welt".
SPD parliamentary group vice-president Dirk Wiese told the "Welt" that in view of the vaccination campaign, which will probably advance rapidly in May, a quick clarification is needed on how vaccinated people and genesis should regain their basic rights.
Here the federal-state meeting must deliver a “clear agreement on how to proceed”.
The Green MP Manuela Rottmann also spoke out in favor of the fact that fundamental rights should only be restricted for as long as necessary to combat the pandemic.
Mask requirement and distance in public space should initially be maintained for everyone.
The FDP is also calling for more rights for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.
The Corona emergency brake prevents vaccinated people from meeting, criticized the parliamentary managing director of the FDP parliamentary group, Marco Buschmann, on Monday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”.
That was "a very serious mistake," he said and called for the law to be changed quickly.
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