The current developments around the corona pandemic in compact form:
General practitioners criticize vaccinations for children
The general practitioners in Germany reacted with incomprehension to the decision of the health ministers to offer all children from the age of twelve a corona vaccination offer. Why the Permanent Vaccination Commission cannot wait for a recommendation on this question on the basis of well-founded studies is “a mystery”, said the federal chairman of the German Association of General Practitioners, Ulrich Weigeldt, to the editorial network in Germany.
Stiko boss dampens expectations regarding vaccination recommendation
The head of the Permanent Vaccination Commission (Stiko), Thomas Mertens, reacts calmly to demands that the committee should quickly recommend corona vaccinations for young people from the age of twelve. “I hope we can do that in the next ten days,” Mertens told Spiegel. So far, the Stiko has only advocated vaccinations for adolescents from the age of twelve with previous illnesses. “I cannot promise that there will be a fundamental change in the recommendation,” said Mertens. He saw no conflict with the state health ministers, who made a recommendation: “This is a political decision, it is the freedom of politics to offer something like this in the sense of general health care.”
Chinese city of Wuhan tests all residents
Around a year after the last corona infections occurred in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the authorities have announced mass tests for all residents. As a government representative announced, after seven reported corona cases in Wuhan, all 11 million residents of the city are to be “quickly” tested for the virus. The most recent infections were found in migrant workers.
Nationwide seven-day incidence increases slightly to 17.9
The nationwide seven-day incidence of new corona infections rose again slightly and is now 17.9. A week ago it was 14.5. As the Robert Koch Institute announced, 1,766 (1,545) new infections and 19 (38) further deaths in connection with Covid-19 were registered within 24 hours. The total number of corona infections recorded in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic is, according to the information, 3,773,875. A total of 91,679 corona deaths have been reported so far. The RKI gives the number of those recovered from a corona infection at around 3,658,300.
Pediatricians ask Stiko to reassess the vaccination recommendation
After the conference of federal and state health ministers, the professional association of paediatricians called on the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) to reassess the vaccination recommendation for children and adolescents from the age of twelve. “The risk of side effects from the vaccination is extremely low, as shown by all the data from other countries,” said Association President Thomas Fischbach of the Rheinische Post. He is personally a “proponent of these vaccinations”.
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Aug 03, 2021 02:39 ET (06:39 GMT)