The fear of coronavirus mutations is understandable, but closing borders does not solve the situation. In an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine, European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakidis said this, the DPA agency reported on Sunday. According to her, returning to a Europe of closed borders, as last March, is not the right step. In an interview, the EU Commissioner also defended the EU’s vaccination strategy.
“The fear of coronavirus mutations is understandable. But it is still true that the virus cannot be stopped by closed borders,” the EU commissioner said in an interview published by the Augsburger Allgemeine in its Monday issue. “Thorough vaccination and adherence to hygiene rules help against mutations. I think it is wrong to return to a Europe of closed borders as in March 2020,” she added.
Since midnight, Germany has officially renewed permanent border controls on the border with the Czech Republic and the Austrian federal state of Tyrol, which it considers to be areas with a high incidence of coronavirus mutations. The stricter epidemic assessment of the Czech Republic further complicates travel between the two countries, so only paramedics and other employees of critical infrastructure can commute to work across borders.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer rejected criticism of the EU on Saturday. “We are fighting a mutated virus on the borders with the Czech Republic and Austria. The European Commission should support us and not throw sticks at our feet with cheap advice,” he said. In an interview with the daily Bild, Seehofer also criticized the European Commission for procuring vaccines, in which he said she made “enough mistakes”.
But Kyriakidis called the EU’s vaccination strategy a success. Ten months ago, she said, no one believed that an effective and safe vaccine would develop so quickly. “So it is wrong to say that we only made mistakes,” she told the Augsburger Allgemeine.
According to the Commissioner, by the end of June, 300 million doses of three vaccines, which have so far been approved for emergency use in the EU, will be available. “That number will even increase with the addition of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” she said. “Despite the obstacles, we have not wasted time,” the Cypriot politician emphasized.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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