Back to the agenda. Vice President Catherine Goering-Eckart found it apparent difficulty Thursday in breaking up the usual program after an urgent video message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to members of the Bundestag.
For the first time, the Bundestag is discussing compulsory vaccination. In light of Silinsky’s earlier words, in which he was very critical of the Federal Republic, quite a few members of Parliament feel this is an insult.
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Vaccination requirement, relatively insignificant? The mere fact that this topic, which has been the subject of so much controversy, has completely receded into the background shows the difficult times we are going through now.
For months, politicians have been arguing about compulsory vaccination for all, and now five cross-party proposals and draft laws for or against a general coronavirus vaccination are now leading to heated debates in Parliament.
The discussion will be opened by Health Policy Spokesperson for the SPD Parliamentary Group Heike Berens. It has an appeal for compulsory vaccination from the age of 18, and this law is supported by more than 200 members of the Bundestag.
It warns that Germany has the highest rate of HIV infection in Europe and the virus is unpredictable. “I am addressing everyone here who seriously wants to make judgments because the public interest is on their mind.”
The SPD politician makes it clear that if Germany really had a 90 percent vaccination rate, the number of infections wouldn’t be too high. Her speech was accompanied by jeers and boos from the ranks of the AfD, the mask often hanging down at half past seven.
The Baehrens in particular invite the union to join the supporters, but union politician Sepp Mueller immediately rejects this option.
You are riding a dead horse.
“As on many points, the traffic light does not have a majority here. At this point, the compulsory vaccination is dead.” AfD chairwoman Alice Fidel, who has barely managed to hold her seat since the beginning of the debate, called the compulsory vaccination dead. .
She appeals, “You’re riding a dead horse.” “Please come down,” she is sure that a compulsory vaccination will open the door to further coercive measures. “Then you can impose everything on people, including diets imposed on being overweight.”
Tino Sorge, a politician at Charles Darwin University, argues against compulsory vaccination because there is no guarantee it will help, a potential new type of coronavirus and effective vaccines against it that are not yet known.
In addition to these two initiatives, a group draft on Representative Andrew Ullman’s FDP is being heard for consultation and then a possible vaccination from the age of 50.
The project promises to build bridges, and it is also prepared and supported by SPD MP and Doctor Herbert Wollman. “There should be no burden on the health system as it was at the beginning of the pandemic, and vaccination is the best way to counter that.
“People over the age of 50 suffer above all from intense training sessions,” Wollmann explains in his first speech at the Bundestag, and points to the support of the German Ethics Board.
“I get my freedom back”
Green MP Emilia Pfister, who is also speaking for the first time in the Bundestag, has become emotional. The 23-year-old gave up a lot for two years: university, club visits, trips abroad.
“That is acceptable. But now I am asking for a refund. I am asking for my freedom back.” “Real freedom comes only with compulsory vaccination. “Cosmetic interventions are no longer sufficient.”
At the end of the discussion, I give the floor to Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, an advocate of compulsory vaccination from the start. We can end the epidemic for the first time in Germany with compulsory vaccination. Let’s seize this opportunity.” “You will never take the whole country hostage again because of people who reject scientific evidence.”
After the first consultation in Parliament, an expert hearing is scheduled for next Monday. Parliament wants to make a decision at the beginning of April without the usual group guidelines, and until then a compromise must be sought.