Thursday, August 12, 2021
Connection with AfD
The Eastern Commissioner expects a violent delta wave
The AfD has found its campaign topic by rejecting corona measures. The fact that vaccination rates lag behind in East Germany, where the party is particularly well represented, is no coincidence, says the Federal Government’s Eastern Commissioner.
The Federal Government Commissioner for Eastern Europe, Marco Wanderwitz, sees a direct connection between the comparatively low vaccination rates in the new federal states and the high popularity of the AfD in these regions. “There is a clear connection between the approval of the AfD and the rejection of vaccinations. It cannot be discussed away,” said the CDU politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group.
Most of the AfD officials were aggressive against the vaccination and against all Corona measures – “similar to the former US President Donald Trump”. He therefore assumes “that we will see a corona wave in eastern Germany in autumn due to the delta variant that will once again push the health system to its limits”.
AfD top candidate Alice Weidel reiterated her rejection of different regulations for vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the corona policy. “We are for freedom for all citizens, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated,” she told the Funke newspapers. You can catch a lot with hygiene and distance rules. The measures taken by the federal government, on the other hand, are completely exaggerated.
Ethics Council: The state must be cautious about the 2G rule
The managing director of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband, Ulrich Schneider, sees in the end of the free tests, now sealed by the Prime Minister and Chancellor Angela Merkel, an unequal treatment for people with low incomes. “People who do not want to be vaccinated for very personal reasons, but have only a low income, are heavily burdened with the end of the free tests. For them, additional costs of 10 or 20 euros per week are hardly possible shouldering burden, “said Schneider of the” Rheinische Post “.
The chairman of the German Ethics Council, Alena Buyx, warned that the state should cautiously deal with the so-called 2G rule, with which unvaccinated tested people, unlike vaccinated and convalescent people, can be excluded from events, for example. “From an ethical perspective, it is important to ensure as much participation as possible in social life for everyone in the pandemic and to receive individual options – even if not all of the costs have to be borne by the state,” Buyx told the “Rheinische Post”. “Private providers are free to introduce the 2G rule, but the state should handle the 2G rule very moderately and in a situation-appropriate manner.”