Spahn expects the pandemic to be over in the spring – Germany will reach herd immunity soon!

According to German Health Minister Jens Spahn, the coronavirus pandemic could be overcome in the spring of 2022. Then there is a chance to achieve herd immunity, he said in an interview. The question is whether this will happen through vaccination or by getting sick.

Soon the end of the pandemic?

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn expects herd immunity against the coronavirus by next spring – and thus an end to the pandemic in Germany. “Unless a new variant of the virus emerges against which the vaccination does not protect, which is very unlikely, we will overcome the pandemic in the spring and can return to normality,” the CDU politician said in an interview with the “Augsburger Allgemeine”.

Spahn: vaccination is the “safe way”

The only question that remains is whether herd immunity will be achieved by Germans through vaccination or by getting sick. “Vaccination is definitely the safer way,” Spahn said. “And when I look at hospitals, I have to say: it’s a way that means less stress for everyone, including the nursing staff.”

The higher the vaccination rate and the lower the disease rate, the better you can protect children who have not yet been vaccinated, Spahn added.

Morbidity in Germany continues to decline

Spahn rejected the proposal to lift all restrictions, as the United Kingdom did, for example, on so-called “Freedom Day” (Freedom Day). “The number of vaccinated is not yet high enough for such a solution. But when I travel around the country, I feel that we already have quite a lot of ‘freedom’ anyway,” Spahn said. It should not be forgotten that it was the vaccine that made it possible to return to normal life in many spheres.

Meanwhile, the seven-day morbidity rate in Germany continues to decline. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported that today it was 65.0. Yesterday the incidence rate was 68.5 and a week ago it was 77.9.

More than 10,000 new cases

Health authorities in Germany reported 10,454 new cases to the RKI in one day – a week ago there were more than 12,000 cases. Across Germany, 71 deaths were registered in 24 hours.

The rate of hospitalized coronavirus patients per 100,000 population over seven days was 1.63 on Tuesday, according to RKI data. Weekly or monthly comparisons are not possible because of the large number of late registrations. A nationwide threshold, from which the situation can be assessed critically, is not provided for the frequency of hospitalizations, among other reasons due to large regional differences. Germany’s previous “record” was around 15.5 during the holiday season.


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