The Omikron wave is causing the number of infections in Germany to skyrocket – despite this, the federal government is taking a break from the carnival. The world medical chief Frank Ulrich Montgomery joins the criticism against it. He gave free rein to his displeasure with “RTL Direkt”.
General compulsory vaccination, shortened quarantine and the containment of the Omikron variant: There are currently many topics around the pandemic that politicians should deal with. Nevertheless, a final decision and the implementation of new rules are postponed again and again. This annoys not only citizens, but also experts such as the honorary president of the German Medical Association and world medical chief Frank Ulrich Montgomery. In a conversation with Jan Hofer on “RTL Direkt”, the 69-year-old vented his anger.
“Last week we all reported on the federal-state conference and the new rules for shortened quarantine and isolation,” Hofer introduced the conversation: “Do you understand why that hasn’t happened long ago?” – “No, I can’t understand it,” replied Montgomery. After all, the shortening is recommended by experts themselves: “Politics is very slow at the moment,” he complained.
Montgomery criticizes loss of time
This applies in particular to the implementation of the mandatory vaccination: “If the mandatory vaccination is passed, it will take six to eight weeks for the mandatory vaccination to take effect.” That is how long the interval between the two vaccinations is. The associated loss of time ensures that compulsory vaccination “would no longer help with this omicron pandemic”.
“Slap in the face of all doctors and nurses”
Montgomery railed: “When I hear that the Bundestag cannot meet because it is Carnival week and there is no meeting on Carnival, then that is a slap in the face of all the doctors and nurses who are always on call and work at any time of the day or night. That just can’t be an argument! ” He can understand that many people are annoyed by the hesitant implementation of self-testing: “That also leads to further annoyance with politics.”