Merkel first! Party ally demands German Chancellor be ‘very first to be vaccinated’ | World | News

The world continues to fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic and a vaccine is already being rolled out across several countries. The Pfizer/BioNTec vaccine will be rolled out across Germany from December 27.

A statement read: “Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn has informed health ministers at the conference about the pending approval and delivery of the BioNTech vaccine.

“This means that vaccines against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 will be rolled out in the federal stats on December 27.”

Much like the UK, the vaccine will be first given to senior citizens in care homes, the authority added.

But now, Thomas Heilmann, a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has called for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to get the vaccine first.

Mr Heilmann said: “As a member of the Bundestag, I see no reason that I should be given priority when vaccinating.

“But the Chancellor and the other members of thee government should be the very first to be vaccinated.”

He continued to say how Ms Merkel receiving the vaccine early would spend an important message to the entire population.

Mr Heilmann said: “Including all 16 state governments, we are talking about a group of around 200 to 300 people to be vaccinated.

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He continued: “In this serious crisis, we cannot afford the government’s crisis management to be affected by quarantine or even illness of important people.”

The German politician argued Ms Merkel has to conduct “important negotiations” ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.

He added: “If the Chancellor has to conduct important negotiations on Brexit these days, then the risk of contagion should be ruled out.

“After all, it’s about historical decisions.”

This week, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schauble demanded all government ministers and parliamentarians should get the vaccine.

During the first wave of the pandemic, Germany managed to curb to the spread of the deadly virus but is going through a second wave.

Germany has imposed harsh lockdown restrictions over the Christmas period as the number of deaths continue to rise.

On Wednesday, the number of Covid-19 deaths jumped by a record 952, a worrying increase from the previous record of 598 last Friday.

Under the new restrictions, a maximum of five people from no more than two households are allowed to gather in a home.

These measures will be relaxed from December 24 to 26 when one household will be allowed to invite a maximum of four close family members from other households.

Hospitality and leisure venues have already been closed since November and only essential shops will be allowed to reopen.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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