Lauterbach announces return of mandatory masks

The German Health Minister spoke at a press conference this morning about the failure in the Bundestag of a bill for compulsory vaccinations from the age of 60.

The minister called it a “failure” several times. Although Lauterbach has worked hard for mandatory vaccinations, he refuses to accept responsibility for the failure. He justifies this on the grounds that he campaigned for mandatory vaccinations as a member of parliament, “and not from the position of health minister.”

As a result, Lauterbach wants to tighten the Infection Protection Act! “As a doctor, when a patient’s life is in danger, one must not back down from anything and fight to the end,” – the SPD minister said.

Lauterbach said that the withdrawal of compulsory vaccinations also means that “there is no more room for further relaxation”.

Lauterbach predicts summer wave

Luterbach said more than 300 people die every day from coronavirus, which is still a high number. “We will probably also have a summer wave, I agree with Mr. Drosten’s assessment,” the German health minister stressed.

Due to the so-called hotspot ordinance (according to which the states can themselves tighten measures at the local level), “we will definitely not be able to make ends meet in the autumn,” – Lauterbach said. He apparently wants to push through changes, saying that “in any case, we need to take another look at the Infection Protection Act,” which “should be renewed on September 23 at the latest.” After that, all measures should effectively expire, and the situation should be reassessed for the fall and winter.

Lauterbach added that it is “very likely” that there will not be a reintroduction of mandatory masks in many areas. He justified this on the basis of the vaccination gap and the fact that by then “booster and second vaccinations would have lost their effect to some extent.”


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