Germany’s Merkel calls for a vaccine as soon as possible

German Chancellor Angela Merke has urged all Germans who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“If we come together, if we think about protecting ourselves and taking care of others, we can save our country this winter,” Merkel said in a weekly podcast, according to the Associated Press.

The German Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of confirmed cases rose to 277.4 per 100,000 in the past week from 263.7 per 100,000 the day before.

In addition, the Robert Koch Institute, a German federal agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, reported that 45,081 new cases were reported two days after the daily number of confirmed cases exceeded 50,000 for the first time. Although the infection rate is not as high as in some European countries, the recent case rate has sounded a warning for Germany.

Chancellor Merkel has expressed concern over the high number of intensive care patients and rising deaths in areas with low vaccination rates.

“Think again,” he said to those who haven’t been vaccinated. He also urged people who had been vaccinated to get a booster shot.

Chancellor Merkel described vaccination as “a real opportunity to overcome the severe COVID-19 pandemic”.

In Germany, it is reported that nearly two-thirds of the population have been vaccinated recently. Children under the age of 12 are not yet vaccinated, putting them in the risk group most affected.


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