Status: 07/23/2022 10:41 a.m.
Doctors on the panel accused Health Minister Lauterbach of squandering a hundred million euros with his vaccination strategy. In addition, the chief medical officer criticized the general recommendation for the fourth vaccination.
The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) has accused Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach of a “bad” vaccination strategy that would waste up to a hundred million euros. Lauterbach plans up to 60 million vaccinations in autumn and winter, said the president of the federal association, Andreas Gassen, of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”.
Only 30 million vaccinations – instead of 60
According to a calculation by his association, however, only a maximum of 30 million vaccinations can be expected. A second booster for everyone over 60, a first booster for everyone younger and a generous contingent for those who have not been vaccinated are generously included.
The federal government’s goal of 50 million to 60 million vaccinations “is unrealistic in our view,” Gassen said. If Lauterbach has ordered more than 200 million doses, as the media reports, “it is to be expected that vaccines with a possible value of a hundred million euros or more will have to be thrown away.”
“Wrong fourth complete vaccination”
The chief medical officer also criticized the health minister’s advice to people under 60 to quickly get a second booster shot. “We know from Israeli studies, among others, that a second booster doesn’t make sense in younger, healthy people,” Gassen pointed out. With his recommendation for the second booster for everyone, Lauterbach is “rather exclusively on the road. Recommending a fourth vaccination every 30 or 40 years, I think is wrong.”
He also doesn’t see the need for it next fall until there are new and significantly more dangerous variants, Gassen added. “Anyway, I won’t get a second callback.” Even healthy older people would be reluctant to give the fourth vaccine, especially if they have just recovered from an omicron infection. The immune system is a very complex organ. “A non-critical booster vaccination every few months just because so many vaccines have been ordered?” Gassen asked. “Many immunologists warn against this!”
STIKO boss also contradicts Lauterbach
A week ago, the head of the Permanent Vaccination Commission (STIKO) spoke out against the big four vaccines for the youngest as well – and therefore opposed the latest recommendation from the Minister of Health. He doesn’t know of any data that would justify such advice, Thomas Mertens told ‘Welt am Sonntag’ and added: “I think it’s wrong to make medical recommendations under the motto ‘A lot helps a lot’.”
The FDP co-governor’s recommendation was also criticized. Secretary General Bijan Djir-Sarai told the t-online portal: “In my opinion, Mr. Lauterbach is well advised not to anticipate STIKO with regard to vaccination recommendations.
RKI records 92,009 new corona infections
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of known infections in Germany rose by 92,009 to more than 30.3 million. The incidence over seven days goes from 729.3 to 709.1. The RKI reports another 116 deaths related to the corona virus. The known total is 143,177.
However, this information only provides a very incomplete picture of the number of infections. Experts have assumed for some time that there will be a large number of cases not registered by the RKI – mainly because not all infected people undergo a PCR test. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to distortion of individual daily values.
Data comparisons are only possible to a limited extent due to test behavior, late registrations and transmission problems. In general, the number of new infections and recorded deaths varies widely from weekday to weekday, as many federal states do not report them to the RKI, especially on weekends, and report their cases later. during the week. The RKI has counted 30,331,131 Sars-CoV-2 infections since the start of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely much higher, as many infections go undetected.