Berlin (dpa) – After a year and a half of the corona pandemic, many people are asking themselves exhausted: how much longer? Maybe another half to nine months, says the head of the National Association of Doctors of Statutory Health Insurance (KBV).
“I assume Corona will end in spring 2022,” said Andreas Gassen of the “Rheinische Post” in Düsseldorf (Thursday). “By then the vaccination rate will be a bit higher, but more importantly the number of people who have recovered with antibodies will also increase. The restrictions will then probably become completely unnecessary. “
The general secretary of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), Florian Hoffmann, also expects vaccines for infants from 2022. “We firmly assume that from the year onwards next, there will be vaccines for all age groups, even approved up to newborns, ”the pediatrician told the Funke media group newspapers (Thursday). Various studies of Biontech and Moderna are currently underway, some even with babies. He expects a vaccine for children under the age of twelve by the end of this year, Hoffmann says. This group should receive a reduced dose of vaccine.
But Gassen also said the number of infections would rise again in the fall. However, the number of serious illnesses will remain much lower than last winter.
The seven-day value of Covid-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population has been slowly increasing for weeks. On Wednesday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) awarded him 1.81. The previous record was around 15.5 at Christmas time. A national threshold, from the moment the situation becomes critical, is not provided for the incidence of hospitalizations, among other things due to large regional differences. However, the value only reflects the infection situation with a noticeable delay, since an average of ten days elapses between an infection and hospitalization.
Discussion of booster vaccinations
In the meantime, many federal states have started booster vaccinations for the elderly and immunocompromised. Usually, this is the third corona injection for them, to be given after six months at the earliest. Medical President Klaus Reinhardt criticized the rush without a corresponding recommendation from the Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko). In theory, there is a lot to be said about such a booster vaccination, Reinhardt told the German Editorial Network (Thursday). However, there was still a lack of meaningful studies as to whether, for whom and when it was needed. “So politicians have fueled patient expectations that many doctors don’t want to serve without a scientifically based vaccination recommendation. “
Stiko is planning a recommendation as soon as possible, as her boss Thomas Mertens told the German news agency on Wednesday. The processing of available data is in full swing. However, he cannot agree on an exact date yet.
Greens health expert Janosch Dahmen accused the federal government of an unclear and belated strategy for booster vaccinations against Covid-19. “A right to booster vaccinations was anchored in the new vaccination ordinance, but the specific vaccination strategy is completely unclear and, even in view of the fourth wave of the summer, has not been prepared”, a- he told the “Rheinische Post” in Düsseldorf (Thursday). “The federal government has not systematically collected data for Germany at an early stage, for whom and when so-called booster vaccinations are essential.”
SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach told the newspaper: “I am concerned that many now receive a third vaccine that will not benefit, while those in urgent need will not receive it.”
What does “2G” bring?
Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck spoke out against the “2G” restrictions, that is to say offers reserved for vaccinated and convalescent people. It was “neither socially nor medically reasonable,” he told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Thursday). That kind of restriction wouldn’t do much. “It is not the case that people who have not been vaccinated or cured remain alone at home, frustrated and no longer have a social life,” he explained. “We would only have more uncontrolled and uncontrollable epidemics in the private sector, which are then also untested.”
This weekend, Hamburg showcased the nationally unique ‘2G’ model: organizers and hosts can only let in vaccinated and recovered guests and are then largely exempt from previous corona restrictions. Alternatively, they can also let in test takers, but with a limited number of guests and other requirements.