(Fighting against New Coronary Pneumonia) Germany has newly diagnosed more than 8,000 cases for two consecutive days, experts question the necessity of universal vaccination

  China News Agency, Berlin, August 19 (Reporter Peng Dawei) The German disease control agency announced on the 19th that the number of newly diagnosed new coronavirus infections was 8,400, which has exceeded 8,000 for the second consecutive day.

The authoritative German virologist Drosten said on the same day that for most people who have been fully vaccinated against the new crown vaccine, the third dose of the booster shot that the government plans to launch this fall may not be necessary, but the elderly and certain high-risk groups are still It is necessary to inoculate booster shots.

  The German disease control agency Robert Koch Institute announced that the number of new confirmed cases and the number of new deaths were 8,400 and 22, respectively. The total number of confirmed cases was 38,43,775 and the total number of deaths was 91,943.

The German official morbidity index used to monitor the severity of the new crown epidemic (the cumulative number of new diagnoses per 100,000 people in seven days) rebounded further on the same day, and the value rose to 44.2.

Up to now, Germany has received 98.7 million doses of the new crown vaccine, and a total of 48,419,275 people have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 58.2% of the country's total population.

  Earlier this month, the German Federal Minister of Health and state health ministers reached a resolution after a meeting, agreeing to vaccinate the third dose of the new crown vaccine for people at high risk of new crown from September this year as a booster shot.

Since then, discussions on whether all people who have been vaccinated should also receive a third booster shot have been in the German media.

  Drosten is a well-known German virologist and director of the Institute of Virology at the Charité Medical School in Berlin.

He told the German News Agency that day, for the elderly and specific high-risk groups, it is meaningful to add a booster shot this fall. This is because for the elderly, the level of antibodies obtained through vaccination will be half a year later. It will drop significantly, so it is feasible to receive enhanced injections in places such as nursing homes.

He also emphasized that it is necessary to define an age group for the entire population, and only those older than this age group need to be vaccinated with booster shots.

  For most people who have been fully vaccinated, Drosten analyzed that these people may not need a booster shot.

He said that this is because the protective effect of the new crown vaccine has been much higher than that of common vaccines such as influenza vaccine, and it is unlikely that a new variant strain that is resistant to the existing new crown vaccine will soon appear.

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