In Germany, 68 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, less than in other Western European countries such as France, Italy and Spain. According to Sauer, who hardly speaks to the media or publicly, it is “astonishing” that many people do not get vaccinated despite the scientific knowledge about the corona vaccines.
“This is partly due to a certain laziness and complacency on the part of the Germans,” said Sauer in an interview. “The other group is made up of people who follow a personal belief, a kind of ideological response to what they see as a vaccination dictatorship.” Sauer, a chemist, made his testimony during an academic visit to Italy.
Situation “very dramatic”
The day before, his wife described the situation in Germany as “very dramatic”. Merkel, who is stepping down from politics after 16 years as Chancellor, says further measures are necessary to contain the fourth wave of infections. The approach is less and less with their government and more with the three parties who hope to present a coalition agreement this week.
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