Scholz fails to pass compulsory vaccination in Germany

While the topic is thorny in Germany where the anti-vaccine movement is strongly mobilized, the German chancellor has been promising for months to endorse the vaccination commitment.

Snub for Olaf Scholz: The German chancellor, already criticized for his lack of charisma, on Thursday 7 April failed to pass a compulsory Covid-19 vaccination bill, which was largely devoid of substance.

A bill to that effect, resulting from a promise from Angela Merkel’s successor, received 296 votes in favor but was rejected by 378 deputies in the Bundestag. Nine members of the lower house of the German parliament abstained from the vote. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach emphasized during the operation that compulsory vaccination was not “abandoned‘for the purpose’To avoid unnecessary casualties in the fall“. However, the political failure is significant for the chancellor, who spoke in the fall of the compulsory vaccination of all adults, and who then promised to “Late February or early March“.

Sudden departure from Brussels

But the new Social Democratic chancellor was unable to bring all three parties into his government coalition, bringing together social democrats, environmentalists and liberals, nor the conservative opposition. In the absence of a clear strategy and a draft publicly formulated by the government, which was content to formally support a proposal from the Social Democratic parliamentary bloc, the draft compulsory vaccination was gradually emptied of part of its content during parliamentary negotiations. before you fail completely. “Rarely do we witness such a political catastrophe‘, under pressure in the editorial of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.It is not only cowardice, but also a lack of seriousness“, daily regrets, convinced that compulsory vaccination”Unfortunately” it is necessary.

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The topic is thorny in Germany, where the anti-vaccine movement is mobilizing strongly. The Liberals of the Free Democratic Party in particular, though in government, have been dragging their feet for months on the idea of ​​committing to vaccination. Six out of ten Germans were in favor of it, according to a Civey poll conducted in mid-March. Despite proposing an obligation ultimately reserved for those over sixty only, the government was unable to unite around the draft majority in the Bundestag. This setback will fuel growing criticism in recent months of Olaf Schultz’s discretion and lack of leadership. He even drew mockery on Thursday by forcing the head of diplomacy, Annallina Barbuk, to leave the NATO meeting in Brussels on Ukraine to attend and vote, several media outlets reported.

This sudden departure of the famous environment minister from Brussels was an attack on the conservatives. “The chancellor calls the foreign minister and says No, Ukraine is not important, the most important thing is that the political interests of the parties are taken into accountthis is a completely unreasonable sign, including to the worldThus, the leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, Paul Zimyak, reported on the website of the daily Welt.


The health situation continues to deteriorate in Germany, which has recorded more than 200,000 new cases of Covid virus every 24 hours in recent days. The seven-day infection rate is over 1,200. About 76% of the population received two doses of the vaccine. Only 58.9% of Germans have received a booster dose against Covid, according to the Robert Koch Institute. Schulz’s government has compounded disappointments in recent days over the pandemic. This is how Health Minister Karl Lauterbach capitulated, Wednesday, in the face of criticism, by lifting the obligation to isolate from May 1 in the event of infection with the Covid-19 virus.

It was a mistake and I am personally responsible for it. It gave the wrong signal“Stimulate this action in the end”reduce the epidemic“The Minister of Health admitted. Minister in the government of Olaf Schultz announced on Monday that the isolation requirement, currently seven days before a negative test, will be lifted, effective May 1. A decision that was taken with representatives of 16 states but was immediately criticized by the opposition and associations.

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