So there they are again. Merkel and her prime minister. On Tuesday afternoon, after a summer break, they will meet again for a federal-state summit. On the agenda are two of the major crises that are currently occupying politics: Help for those who suffered the flood disaster in parts of West Germany and Corona.
Because more people are currently contracting the virus again, a decision should be made as to how a fourth wave can be prevented by autumn at the latest. A lockdown is not an option, but other measures should help to keep the numbers low, such as a 3-G rule. According to this, certain activities should only be possible for those who have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.
It is also being discussed whether people who do not want to be vaccinated will have to pay for the corona tests themselves in the future. The idea behind it: If you have to pay every time you want to go to the party or the restaurant, you will notice that it is easier to get vaccinated. The goal: an increasing vaccination rate.
That has cleavage potential at its finest. Some find it unfair that they have had themselves vaccinated and that the risk remains because others refuse the vaccine. They don’t want to pay for the tests of those who, in their opinion, are not in solidarity. The others feel patronized and disadvantaged. You notice how a subliminal increasing pressure is exerted on you.
7-day incidence in Germany as low as hardly anywhere in Europe
Both sides see themselves in the right. Both sides are mad. The draft resolution from the Federal Chancellery gives a clear sign to those who have been vaccinated: You are right. In addition, even the Constitutional Court could see it that way. It is true that a state imprisonment constitutes an interference with the basic right to physical integrity. However, it is also true that tests that are subject to a fee are difficult to prevent legally.
In an interview with FOCUS Online, ex-constitutional judge Hans-Jürgen Papier explains: “I see no concerns about requiring unvaccinated people to pay for these tests themselves.” The people would have the option of being vaccinated. “If you do not want to do what is constitutionally your right, then you have to accept that restrictions and burdens apply to you,” said paper to FOCUS Online.
So far, there has been little discussion of whether this is even necessary at this point in time. The 7-day incidence in Germany is lower than anywhere else in Europe. It is currently 23.5. To compare: England has an incidence of 284.7. When “Freedom Day” was celebrated there on July 19, there was international criticism. At that time the incidence was almost 400. But the catastrophe did not materialize. The health system was not overloaded.
FDP boss Lindner criticizes Merkel’s draft resolution: “The incidence value alone says nothing more”
Now there are the first voices from the Bundestag calling for an adapted pandemic policy. The FDP party chairman Christian Lindner explains in an interview with the WDR: “The pandemic has changed. We have a much larger part that is vaccinated. ”And:“ The incidence value alone says nothing. ”Instead, other factors have to be taken into account, such as the situation in the hospitals or the vaccination rate in the population. Lindner complains: “I see that in the proposal that is being discussed today by the federal and state governments, there is still only very vague discussion of a change in the assessment basis.”
He’s right. Even in the public debate, the overall situation is rarely taken into account. If, for example, more and more Covid patients are being talked about in intensive care units these days, then, according to the RKI, there are over 455 cases (as of Monday) throughout Germany. For comparison: In January there were 5703. That is more than ten times as much.
And has politics really approached everyone who is open to vaccination but has not yet taken care of it? The Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig, thinks that this is not the case yet. She sees the problem with the offer: “First of all, we should take care of those who want to be vaccinated and are open, but who at the same time have to be addressed specifically,” said Schwesig in an interview with FOCUS Online.
Habeck rejects chargeable corona tests
Other politicians see it similarly. The Green Party leader Robert Habeck emphasizes in the ZDF summer interview: The demand for more rights for vaccinated people does not mean “excluding those who have not been vaccinated”. He considers the abolition of free tests to be “wrong”. Instead, Habeck also suggests “bringing the vaccine to the people”.
In France, it is currently becoming clear what will happen if the situation worsens. The incidence there is 232. After the government tightened the corona measures again, there were nationwide protests there. The Home Office reported 237,000 protesters. The French government then gave in and eased at least in parts.
When looking at the draft resolution of the Federal Chancellery for the Prime Minister’s Conference, it is noticeable that there is hardly anything to be found to expand the vaccination options organized by the federal government. In the end, the vaccination center in front of every supermarket and soccer field could be the decisive factor. With a little luck, there is no need to discuss unvaccinated people at all.