Covid-19: knowledge about the mere genetic infectiousness of Omikron is inconclusive

( – The virologist Alexander Kekulé has expressed that he is not yet convinced that the new Omicron variant of the Coronavirus is significantly more infectious than the variants that have occurred so far. Vaccination breakthroughs are possible, but genetic information alone cannot conclusively determine the possible infection rate. The virologist Christian Drosten had made a similar statement.

Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, described vaccinations as the best option. “People who get vaccinated do not start from scratch when they are infected with a new variant,” said Wieler. “The unvaccinated are still the ones who contribute the most to the vaccination process,” he emphasized.

Leaders of Union parties for a vaccination requirement

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) called the current Corona situation very difficult and reminded everyone that the Air Force had already relocated patients to other clinics. Chancellery Minister Helge Braun (CDU) and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder have meanwhile spoken out in favor of a general vaccination requirement. “The longer politics hesitates, the deeper the rift in society becomes,” said Söder. Braun explained: “I fear that compulsory vaccination will divide society. But a never-ending pandemic is also divisive.” Söder said that a general obligation to vaccinate would mean that the “very large part” of the population would get vaccinated.

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