MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Madam President! My ladies! Gentlemen! Katharina the Great had herself vaccinated against smallpox in 1768 and thus started the first major vaccination campaign. I believe that if you hear what is being said here by interested parties, then we also need a vaccination campaign. Mr Kotré, it is enough if you are a bit historically versed – you don’t have to be a virologist – to realize that vaccination is a blessing for humanity. From smallpox then to polio to measles today, we’ve seen milestones in people’s recovery.
(Steffen Kotré [AfD]: It’s about the way!)
It would be nice if you didn’t make a contribution to the uncertainty of people here, let alone with pseudoscientific contributions. You know very well that you can’t give a previous day about RNA and cleavage proteins here. In the five minutes of your speech, you specifically held up a few signs here, saying that you had genetically modified them, and nobody really knows what is meant. You are only concerned with making people deeply insecure and doing your political business at this point, and that is shameful,
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the FDP and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
quite shameful; because this is not about anything, it is about people who are dying; the numbers were given today.
At least you hinted a little cautiously: Well, it could be a little more than the flu. – I also say: How long does it actually take before you get it up there?
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU, the SPD and ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS – Steffen Kotré [AfD]: What do you actually want to say?)
We talk about prioritization, about the fact that we have to think about who to vaccinate first. And you dare to talk about mandatory vaccination at the same time. It doesn’t go together!
(Steffen Kotré [AfD]: I didn’t say that! Take a look at the minutes!)
– At least you pretend there is such a thing. This is specifically an attempt to make people feel insecure, nothing else.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the FDP – Steffen Kotré [AfD]: You do it!)
Prioritization is the opposite of compulsory vaccination, namely the acknowledgment that we are now concerned about who is to come first.
The Bundestag had these thoughts a long time ago. We have obtained authorization to issue ordinances in which we said very precisely – that has already been quoted a few times today, so I do not want to do it again – who has priority. And it is precisely this priority list that is now being implemented in this ordinance by the Federal Minister of Health.
The ordinance comes at the right time. Because Jens Spahn has made a contribution to the fact that vaccinations can now be carried out earlier, because he had a timely and massive effect on the EMA; We should acknowledge that too, for that we should pay him our respect!
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
What you said earlier has nothing to do with respect for those who, scientifically speaking, have developed this vaccine.
(Shouting from Abig. Steffen Kotré [AfD])
If this debate has to send a signal, then it has to be that we say: We acknowledge this, we express our respect and thanks to the scientists who at BioNTech and Pfizer have made sure that we are now relatively quick can vaccinate. This of course also applies to the providers who are now following suit; I hope that there will be quite a few soon.
As far as the procedure is concerned, I understand Mr Thomae grumbling that the opposition doesn’t have that much to say about the whole thing. But you can be sure that we as the governing coalition will ultimately be involved in shaping this regulation. I also say this because the Greens occasionally call for a law on this point. That does not go one hundred percent with the fact that you always – also at the opportunity – talk about independent councils that have to be drawn up. You have to decide who should do it at the end: an independent body or the German Bundestag? I think the procedure we have is quite good.
(Steffi Lemke [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: It’s not mutually exclusive! What’s the point?)
The Bundestag lays down the principles. The Federal Minister of Health lays down the details, and he makes it so flexible that we can influence it accordingly in the process, which incidentally will take quite a while. The previous speakers have rightly emphasized that vaccination does not work straight away, but that you will probably have to adjust the prioritization a little. The group with the highest priority alone – this has already been mentioned several times today – is 8.6 million people, and we currently have vaccine doses for the first quarter in the order of 1.1 to 1.3 million. Incidentally, I’m in good spirits that it will be a little more. I rely on our company; they will make sure that that becomes more.
We, and especially the federal states, will ensure that all of this is implemented quickly so that you can go into the Christmas holidays with such good news. I wish you good health and – one can say yes this year – a peaceful party.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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