Sunday, February 28, 2021

Immediately vaccinate those over 70 years of age with the first dose, then reach the second dose – suggests a leading German epidemiologist


Alexander Kekulé, head of the Institute of Medical Microbiology at the University Clinic in Halle (UKH), said in a statement to Bild that the current practice of always administering a two-dose vaccine at the rate specified by the manufacturer should be discontinued.

People over the age of seventy and other at-risk groups should be vaccinated immediately with the BioNTech vaccine at least once, even if the second dose is likely to be given only months later. With this simple measure, mortality can be reduced dramatically

said the researcher.

Fewer fatalities allow for faster dismantling of epidemiological restrictions, at least if everyone consistently adheres to mask-wearing rules, keeps track of who they’re in contact with at risk of infection, and has an adequate amount of rapid testing. With this strategy, new virus variants can also be pushed back, by “not ruining our lives with epidemiological control,” the research doctor, one of the most cited epidemiological experts in the German press, explained.

The compilation, published on the Bild news portal, highlighted that new, highly infectious versions of SARS-CoV-2 are becoming more widespread in Germany, leading to a renewed increase in the number of new infections. Many experts are evaluating the data as the formation of another, third wave of epidemics.

There are several suggestions for dealing with the new situation. Thus, they are also urging the federal government to extend the testing. “To test, to test, to test,” in addition to vaccination, this tool can be used to combat the epidemic and pave the way for the dismantling of restrictions, said Malu Dreyer, Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister.

Carrying out more tests can break the chains of infection more quickly, and a negative finding can mean permission for activities that are pleasurable but banned due to an epidemiological shortage, the politician explained.

Others urge a shift in the focus of defense, instead of a national closure, to curb outbreaks at the local, regional level.

Strict measures should be introduced in epidemics, but it is not necessary to close an entire range

Carsten Linnemann, a member of the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told Bild.

According to the Robert Koch Institute of Public Health (RKI) on Monday, 4369 new infections have been registered in the last 24 hours. This is a minimal decrease from 4426 a week earlier. Together with the newly registered infections, SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in 2,390,928 people. In connection with the disease caused by the virus (Covid-19), 62 deaths were registered in one day, bringing the number of victims of the epidemic to 67,903 in Germany.

According to RKI data, several indicators deteriorated further. The so-called seven-day infection rate, the number of new infections registered per hundred thousand in the previous seven days, rose from 60.2 on Sunday to 61. Virus reproduction rate (R) – which shows how many people are infected by the infected person on average – rose from 1.07 to 1.10 on Sunday, which means that for every 100 infected people, they pass the virus to an average of 110 people, which is thus spreading more and more.





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