Germany Follows Austria in Lockdowns—Isolates the Unvaccinated

In an effort to stem another COVID-19 “wave,” Germany has put major restrictions on the unvaccinated. The BBC is reporting Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the new rules an act of “national solidarity.” The restrictions bar the unvaccinated population from much of “public life.” But what about the vaccine durability challenge?  Hasn’t Merkel’s advisors read the studies that vaccine effectiveness wanes leading to transmissibility regardless? Do these lockdowns end the problem or are they an apparent haphazard reaction? For example, given emerging data, it’s quite feasible that vaccinated populations are also spreading the virus once effectiveness wanes—typically after a handful of months.

Only people who have received the COVID-19 jabs or those who have recovered from the virus will be allowed in restaurants, shops, and movie theaters. Merkel added that vaccinations could be mandatory by February. The latest COVID-19 wave to hit Germany has been severe. In a 24-hour period, there were 388 deaths. Part of the German government’s reaction has to do with the advent of the Omicron variant of the virus. According to European Union health officials, Omicron may cause half of the co...

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