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Germany’s COVID-19 vaccine program has slowed dramatically, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Germany is lagging behind other European countries in its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, and with new infections rising, the government must take steps to speed up the program or ramp up its health care system. Must take the risk of watching. .

Merkel spoke to reporters on Tuesday after a meeting with the governors of Germany’s 16 states. She said they all agree that federal, state and local governments should promote vaccinations and make them easy to obtain.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference at the Chancellor on August 10, 2021 in Berlin.

The German chancellor encouraged all who have been vaccinated to promote the vaccination to their friends, families and social groups.

Merkel also announced that the government would stop paying for COVID-19 testing starting October 11 as an incentive for vaccination. Also, Germany will begin to require proof of vaccination, a negative test or proof of recovery to access places such as restaurants, cinemas and gyms in areas where infection rates rise above a certain threshold.

Merkel said the country has enough vaccines for its population – more than half are already fully immunized – and that studies have shown them to treat severe cases of COVID-19 and highly infectious forms, such as the delta strain. shown to be effective in preventing

The German leader said those who choose to get tested rather than vaccinated will have to pay for it after October 11.

Merkel said, “People who were vaccinated no longer have to get tested, and those who are vaccinated will certainly be treated differently than those who haven’t been vaccinated, if the infection rate and increases.” “But we can’t allow our health system to be overloaded. We can’t take responsibility for that.”

Some information for this report was provided by The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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