Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn has issued Germans with a choice of either getting vaccinated or risk getting Covid-19.
This comes as the country sees a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases with over 30,000 cases reported yesterday, which is an increase of 50% when compared to the week before.
Spahn urged Germans to get vaccinated, including booster doses for individuals who were inoculated six months with both doses, to reduce the risk of serious illness.
While speaking to reporters in Berlin, Spahn stated, “By the end of this winter pretty much everyone in Germany … will have been vaccinated, recovered or died”.
Responding to criticism accusing his views of being cynical, Spahn stated that it’s true while adding, “With the highly contagious Delta variant this is very, very likely and that’s why we are recommending vaccination so urgently.”
According to Spahn, Germany expects the European Union to approve vaccines against Covid-19 for children aged five to 11 years old at the end of the week.
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