Debate on the Infection Protection Act: Lauterbach wants to fight for a “safe Christmas”

Status: 10.12.2021 10:46 a.m.

The Bundestag and Bundesrat want to pass a first limited corona vaccination and further crisis regulations today. In his first speech as Minister of Health, Lauterbach said that everything would be done to end this crisis quickly.

The new Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has declared the fight against the corona pandemic to be the top goal of the new federal government in the Bundestag. The traffic light coalition has planned a lot. “The top priority for us is to protect the population in the health crisis,” said the SPD politician in the Bundestag in the debate on the amendment to the Infection Protection Act. “We will do everything we can to end this crisis quickly.”

He called on the parties to join forces in fighting the pandemic. “This pandemic is a task for all of us, this is not an opportunity for party politics,” said Lauterbach.

Among other things, the new regulation provides for mandatory vaccination for staff in hospitals and old people’s homes from mid-March. The facility-related vaccination requirement provided for in the law should also apply to facilities in which people with disabilities are cared for – as well as day clinics, medical practices, emergency services or socio-educational centers.

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Dentists should also vaccinate

In order to accelerate the booster vaccinations, dentists, veterinarians and pharmacists should also be allowed to temporarily administer vaccinations against the coronavirus in the future. With the new law, the federal states can also order the closure of clubs and discos, as well as restaurants. After the Bundestag, the Bundesrat should also vote on the changes today.

Lauterbach: push back the Delta variant by Christmas

Lauterbach announced a close cooperation with the “constructive parts of the opposition”. He named the goal of pushing back the Delta variant significantly by Christmas so that safe travel would then also remain possible. “That’s what we’re fighting for,” said the minister. It is now a matter of breaking the delta wave and preventing an omicron wave as much as possible.

Lauterbach expressly defended the multiple changes to the Infection Protection Act. “If the medical findings have changed, the therapeutic measures must also be adapted”. But there shouldn’t be any “overbidding” measures that would then not be used.

Overall, he was confident of getting the pandemic under control. “I know we can do it,” he said. He also urged us to hurry. “We have no time to waste,” he said. Fighting the pandemic is a task “for all of us”. Party politics shouldn’t play a role.

CDU politician Rüddel warns of constant “repair work”

The CDU MP Erwin Rüddel said the changes in the Infection Protection Act were essentially based on proposals from the Union. They were “basically going in the right direction”. But the jump is again too short. Rüddel warned of constant “repair work” on the Infection Protection Act. This unsettles the population and reduces the acceptance of the corona policy.

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