German Chancellor Merkel: New Crown Vaccination May Take Several Years

- Feb 26, 2021-

On the 25th local time, the leaders of the 27 EU countries held a special video summit on the epidemic crisis, focusing on issues such as accelerating vaccine approval, increasing production, and delivery efficiency. German Chancellor Merkel held a press conference after the summit, saying that due to the mutated new coronavirus, vaccination is likely to last for several years. She also revealed that all 27 EU member states believe that the EU should launch a digital new crown vaccine passport.

   Merkel said at a press conference that night that the mutated new crown virus in the UK is raging in the European Union, and the current situation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and other countries is particularly serious. Therefore, the EU hopes to increase the production and delivery capacity of the new crown vaccine. Merkel pointed out that due to the continuous spread of the mutant new coronavirus, “continuous vaccination may be required in the next few years”. According to her, the European Parliament will increase its support for research on the mutant new coronavirus. The European Commission will also provide 225 million euros in funding for related research. Among them, 75 million euros will be used for sequencing work, the purpose is to sequence at least 5% of the positive test results in Europe to better study the mutant new coronavirus.

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At the same time, Merkel defended the EU’s dissatisfaction with the recent border control measures adopted by Denmark, Hungary, Belgium, and Germany, emphasizing that the current control measures will try to ensure freight and commuting, but the need to increase virus testing Strength. She also denied that the border control with France will be strengthened.

   In addition, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus and other countries have been constantly exerting pressure recently, hoping that the EU will pass a unified vaccination certificate, that is, the introduction of a digital new crown vaccine passport to restore the tourism industry. In this regard, Merkel pointed out on the 25th that given that the current population’s vaccination rate is still at a low level, the introduction of the digital new crown vaccine passport will not affect tourism for the time being. However, she thinks it is necessary to start preparing in advance now. According to Merkel, it may take about three months to carry out relevant technical preparations. However, she said that the digital new crown vaccine passport still needs to be approved by the European Parliament and member states to establish entrances and passages from each country to the EU level. Moreover, Merkel believes that the digital new crown vaccine passport alone cannot determine who can travel, and other means including virus testing are also needed.

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