WELLINGTON (New Zealand) — Friday’s statement by the German Chancellor Angela Müller stated that everyone has a responsibility to get vaccinated against coronavirus in order to protect others.
She spoke as Germany grapples with a new surge of infections, which reached a record daily high of 50,000 on Thursday.
“This is a very, very difficult virus,” Merkel stated.
She stated that it was a remarkable scientific achievement to create vaccines within one year of an outbreak. However, officials were still unable to reach a large number of people who weren’t vaccinated.
” You have the right get vaccinated,” Merkel stated. “But, in a certain degree, you, as a member, also have the obligation to get vaccinated to protect your health and that of others .”
Around two-thirds (or more) of Germany’s 83million people have been fully vaccinated, but the country has refused to make mandatory vaccinations for certain workers. In the face of this latest surge, lawmakers are looking at new measures.
During their discussion, both Merkel as well as Ardern voiced frustration at the rise in disinformation via social media.
” In the past, certain events took place in our society. It was reported on television and everyone spoke about it the next day,” Merkel stated. “Today, everyone takes part in his and her social media. Only those people you meet online can be part of your bubble.
Ardern said one of the lessons she‘d learned from the pandemic was to get people and companies engaged with trying to find solutions by presenting them with the data and showing them the problem. She stated that everyone had been learning about this virus as it spread.
” Literally, you’re building a plane while trying to fly,” Ardern stated.
Saturday’s APEC forum will conclude with a virtual meeting between Pacific Rim leaders including President Joe Biden of the United States and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
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