Merkel says vaccination is one’s ‘duty’ to society — Analysis

Rolling up your sleeves for a Covid jab isn’t only a person’s right, it’s their “duty” to society, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, as her nation sees record increases in virus cases despite high vaccination rates.

“You have the right to get vaccinated,”Merkel spoke at an Asia-Pacific Business Forum on Friday. She added that “to a certain extent, you also, as a member of society, have the duty to be vaccinated, to protect yourself and to protect others.”

Merkel called vaccination programs “a great fortune, a huge achievement of science and technology.” The chancellor was speaking at the forum at the invitation of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as Germany is not a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

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Merkel expressed regret at the loss of television as a central source of information in our modern society, stating that more people turned to social media for information and were becoming increasingly disconnected from it. “bubbles.”

“In the old days, we had certain events that happened in our society. Television reported about it and the next day everyone talked about it,”She said. “Today, everyone participates in his or her own social media. You only engage in a bubble that you meet on the Internet.”

On Thursday, Germany’s health watchdog – the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) – reported the highest increase in new cases, amounting to over 50,000. This is the most recent figure that German authorities have reported since 2020, when the pandemic began. 

Lothar Wieler from RKI was the first to sound the alarm Friday morning when he informed German media of a fourth coronavirus attack in Germany “in full force.”The German tabloid Bild reported that he said up to 200 of the infected might die. 

Wieler called for cancellation of major events, stating that the 2G rule, which restricts entry to venues for people who have not been vaccinated or tested positive for Covid-19, was no longer appropriate in certain areas. This is because 67% of Germans have been fully vaccinated. 

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