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Joachim Sauer says Germans are lazy to take vaccines

Key Takeaway:

  • Joachim Sauer, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband, has blamed his people, “laziness and complacency” for Germany’s comparatively low vaccination rate, saying the public rejection of science has never been as visible as now.
  • The 4th wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is severe in Germany, with hospitals overflowing with the unvaccinated.

Joachim Sauer, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband, has blamed his people “laziness and complacency” for Germany’s comparatively low vaccination rate, saying the public rejection of science has never been as visible as now.

Sauer, a professor of quantum chemistry until his retirement in 2017 at Berlin’s Humboldt University and known as one of the field’s top researchers, has been reticent to discuss politics throughout his wife’s 16-year tenure.

He has been reluctant to play the role of a political spouse, declining to accompany her on most trips and broadly limiting his public commentary to his scientific research and his love for the composer Richard Wagner.

But in Italy this week to be admitted to the Italian Academy of Sciences in Turin, he addressed the issue that has dominated his wife’s final two years in office.

“Astonishingly, a third of the population is not following scientific evidence,” he told La Repubblica, as reported by its German partner newspaper Die Welt on Tuesday.

“Partly, that’s down to certain German laziness and complacency. The other group is people who are reacting ideologically to what they think of as a vaccine dictatorship.”

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The 4th wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is severe in Germany, with hospitals overflowing with the unvaccinated.

Some 68% of Germans have been fully vaccinated, lagging in Britain and France, let alone global leaders such as Portugal and Singapore.

Many health policy experts blame misinformation about the supposed danger posed by vaccines for the gap.

For Sauer, the opening underscores the importance of attracting more young people to scientific careers.
“Science is important, and it would be good if more young people devoted themselves to it,” he said.

Source-CTV News

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