Angela Merkel, Olaf Scholz and the heads of state governments discussed on Tuesday the further action of the authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the meeting, it was decided, inter alia, to immediately establish a new crisis unit in the Federal Chancellery, which will strengthen coordination and cooperation in the management of the vaccination campaign.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, future Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the heads of state governments met on Tuesday at a videoconference to discuss further proceedings in the COVID-19 pandemic. No binding arrangements have been made, but the need to prepare a decision on the obligation to vaccinate has been identified.
Following the meeting, federal government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced that “the federal government and the Länder reaffirm the priority target of significantly increasing the number of vaccinations, up to 30 million first, second and additional vaccinations will be possible by Christmas.”
He added that the group of people authorized to perform vaccinations will be significantly expanded. Seibert announced that “a decision on general vaccination obligations should be prepared in the near future.”
Authorities are considering making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory
The meeting also decided to immediately establish a new federal crisis unit in the Federal Chancellery, which will strengthen coordination and cooperation in the management of the vaccination campaign. The team will be headed by General Carsten Breuer, the spokesman said.
In an interview with Bild Live TV after the conference, future chancellor Olaf Scholz said that legislative procedures should allow each MP to vote on universal vaccination obligations in accordance with their conscience. The next meeting of the heads of government will be held on Thursday.
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