Crown Management: No more closure fantasies!

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No more closure fantasies!

WELT by Kaja Klapsa WELT by Kaja Klapsa

WELT by Kaja Klapsa

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There are already absurd demands for the autumn crown. To prevent the new Infection Protection Act from ending up in chaos again, traffic lights need to develop a plan early on, rather than hiding behind a planned evaluation of previous actions.

fCorona seemed to have been forgotten when the first people started talking about shutdown again. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) needs to adapt the infection protection law to be able to implement emergency measures, demanded Frank Ulrich Montgomery, president of the World Medical Association a few days ago. As an “ultima ratio” then “the ability to block must also be anchored.”

Until the lock? It looks like the World Medical President has slept for the past year and a half. Of course, the incidence is likely to increase again in the fall. But Germany is no longer empty as it was in 2020 – we now have antivirals, adapted vaccines, and are monitoring new variants. Anyone who ignores these advances is driven by fear, not by pragmatic prevention.

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At the same time, it is worth thinking about a sensible new version of the law on protection against infections – after all, the legal basis expires on September 23. But now the FDP and the Greens are avoiding debate.

When Health Minister Lauterbach recently announced that he wanted to create an option for mandatory indoor masks, Justice Minister Marco Buschmann was furious: the results of the measures’ assessment should be ‘absolutely’ taken into account ‘before we prematurely commit to individual measures’.

The assessment is unlikely to provide groundbreaking insights

Buschmann’s statement is notable because after two and a half years of the pandemic, there is sufficient medical evidence that the masks protect indoors. Appealing to the assessment of the Council of Experts seems to be a diversionary tactic, aimed at concealing differences in traffic lights and making the liberal supporters too angry.

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Karl Lauterbach, Minister of Health

In fact, hardly anyone in political Berlin – not even the German Council of Economic Experts itself – believes that the review will bring breakthrough results. “From the outset, the committee was too thin to judge individual measures,” criticized chairman Stefan Huster. The council is voluntary and not a single epidemiologist among its members. In addition, the data situation is considered to be extremely rare.

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Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD)

So there is no reason for the traffic light pages to hide behind the grade. In the last law review in March, nothing happened for weeks until Lauterbach and Buschmann reached an unclear compromise four days before the end that no one later understood.

Things need to go better this time around: what is needed is a law that was drafted early and is being brought to trial – and it rules out Montgomery’s fantasies of closure without sacrificing essential safeguards.

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