BERLIN, February 22 – RIA Novosti. The official representative of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany, Steffen Seibert, explained the words of Chancellor Angela Merkel about the need to vaccinate all inhabitants of the planet, pointing out that it is about the goal of stopping the spread of the virus in as many countries as possible.
Merkel said last week following talks between the leaders of the G7 that the pandemic will be defeated when “all people on earth are vaccinated.” She explained that the longer the virus spreads, the more it mutates, which will reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. She made such a statement after the G7 countries pledged to allocate additional funds to support vaccination in the world. At the same time, experts believe that in order to stop the explosive spread of coronavirus, 60-70% of the population should have immunity against it.
“This is our stated policy, which we are promoting within the G7, the European Union, that vaccination is something that only happens in North America, parts of Asia and the European Union,” Seibert said at a briefing on Monday.
He added that in order to return to a world with high mobility of people, it is necessary that the movement of people between countries does not lead to an increase in the incidence or the spread of mutated versions of the coronavirus. “These are the thoughts that the Federal Chancellor expressed. And since it is also a matter of global justice, Germany is supporting COVAX with substantial funds,” Seibert said.
At the same time, Seibert did not answer the direct question of whether Merkel's statement about the need to vaccinate all the inhabitants of the planet was realistic. “This is an important goal – to defeat the pandemic in as many countries as possible, to leave it behind. Otherwise, we cannot say: great, everything is fine in Germany, and this will not happen again. It will not happen,” Seibert said.