“Part of a forward-looking pandemic policy”


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NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) continues to push for general vaccination.

Berlin – “We can only get out of the constant repetition of lockdown and easing if more people are vaccinated,” said Wüst on Monday after the consultations between Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the prime ministers of the federal states. “Compulsory vaccination is part of a forward-looking pandemic policy,” he emphasized, which the group agreed on.

Wüst welcomed the fact that Scholz had promised joint talks with the aim of broad support for compulsory vaccination. “We are ready for constructive cooperation,” he said. A broad consensus on compulsory vaccination could “significantly increase the acceptance of this important measure,” said the NRW Prime Minister.

On the one hand, Wüst criticized the insufficient capacity for PCR tests and, on the other hand, the very short-term change regarding the duration of the recognition of a recovered status. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has promised to remedy both points. He wants to work on expanding the test capacities and take precautions so that there will be a longer lead time for changes in the future.

According to Wüst, the next prime ministerial conference should take place on February 16 at the latest. If there is an urgent need for a decision, the meeting can also be brought forward.

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