Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) traveled to the United States to exchange ideas with scientists and government representatives about strategies for the further course of the coronavirus. The central theme of the visit should be a vaccination strategy for the fall, but also a long-term approach to tackling the virus, as the ministry had already said.
In the capital Washington, among other things, a meeting with White House pandemic adviser Anthony Fauci was on the agenda. Lauterbach shared a photo on the Twitter news service and reported a lengthy conversation and praised his colleague for his accurate analysis.
Fauci has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984 and served under seven presidents. After the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, he gained great public recognition for his great expertise and his impeccable assessment and became a real cult figure.
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At the same time, he has repeatedly drawn the ire of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, who has long underestimated the threat posed by the coronavirus. Fauci also faced hostility from right-wing circles and had to be kept under police protection. After taking office in January 2021, Biden made Fauci his top medical adviser in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci also wants to continue until the end of his term (2025), he recently told news portal Politico and news channel Nation World News.
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The immunologist also said that when he retires, covid-19, a lung disease caused by the coronavirus and the virus, will not go away. “I guess we have to live with it.” The 81-year-old himself contracted the virus a month ago.
In addition to meetings with Fauci, Lauterbach’s schedule for Sunday also includes talks with the World Bank, his US counterpart Javier Becerra and the International Monetary Fund. There are also plans to visit health facilities and vaccine maker Moderna at further stations in New York and Boston. Apart from the corona crisis, digitization in the health system should also be an issue. (DPA, AFP)