Merkel calls for ANOTHER ‘short nationwide lockdown’ to tackle third wave of Covid amid vaccine-dose mess in EU

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Pharmacy staff administer free Covid tests in tent in Berlin


ANGELA Merkel has called for another short lockdown to help tackle the growing number of Covid cases in Germany amid the current vaccine mess in the EU.
A spokeswoman for the German leader said the government was calling for a “short and uniform” nationwide lockdown to stem a third wave of infections.

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Angela Merkel calls for another short lockdown to fight infectionsCredit: EPA
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Cafe terrace chairs pile up in Berlin amid ongoing Covid pandemicCredit: AFP
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Pharmacy staff administer free Covid tests in Berlin tentCredit: Getty

Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said the “variety of rules” adopted by different states had made the situation difficult, according to Bild.

“The variety of rules that have been adopted does not contribute to security and acceptance at the moment,” Demmer said today.

Earlier this week, the head of the Christian Democratic Union party and the West German head of state of North Rhine-Westphalia called for a three-week ‘bridge lockdown’ to curb infections, Bild reports.

It is understood that heads of state are due to meet on Monday to discuss whether there is a “clear majority” in favor of another national lockdown.

Just a few weeks ago, Merkel admitted she made a “mistake” after overturning a planned strict Easter shutdown.

Merkel wanted to impose an almost complete shutdown over the holidays, in response to the third wave of coronavirus infections.

But Merkel said she was overturning the decision, saying it was a mistake because it was impractical.

‘MY MISTAKE’

“This mistake is my only mistake,” she said.

“The idea of ​​an Easter break was created with the best of intentions.

“At the same time, of course, I know this whole thing is triggering more uncertainty, I deeply regret it and I apologize to all the citizens.”

It comes amid the current EU vaccine fiasco and the uncertainty surrounding AstraZeneca’s coup.

The German region of Bavaria today signed an interim agreement to purchase doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine once it has been approved by European regulators, Prime Minister Markus Soeder told reporters.

The southern state today “signed a memorandum of understanding … for the supply of Sputnik”.

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Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder and German Chancellor Angela MerkelCredit: AP
It is understood that state leaders are expected to meet on Monday to discuss the lockdown plans
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It is understood that state leaders are expected to meet on Monday to discuss the lockdown plansCredit: AFP
Merkel's plans come amid ongoing EU vaccine fiasco
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Merkel’s plans come amid ongoing EU vaccine fiascoCredit: AFP

Merkel also suggested that Germany would be open to the use of the jab, saying it “should use any vaccine approved” by the European Medicines Agency.

Germany and France have come under fire for flirting with Vladimir Putin over the Sputnik V jab after he trashing the AstraZeneca jab.

President Emmanuel Macron announced the closure of a three-week school across the country and a travel ban in the country amid a surge in coronavirus cases in France.

To add to the country’s battle against the disease, France is well behind the UK in rolling out its vaccines after a series of U-turns on AstraZeneca.

Macron first claimed the remedy was unsuitable for people over 65 before announcing it shouldn’t be given to people under 55 – then reintroducing it later.

The jab has been supported by the European regulatory agency, as well as the World Health Organization.

And Pfizer has accused the EU of delaying the supply of its vaccines to countries battling Covid that are in desperate need of vaccines.

The drugmaker criticized export controls which it said have become a “significant burden” on production at its factory in Belgium, which supplies the UK and 70 other countries.

Meanwhile, the European Union’s medicines regulator has said it has found a possible link between AstraZeneca’s jab and a rare bleeding disorder.

The regulator refused to impose new age restrictions and said the benefits of the vaccine always outweighed the risks.

The European Medicines Agency has described clots as a very rare side effect.

He said most of the reported cases had occurred in women under the age of 60 within two weeks of the vaccine, but based on the evidence currently available, he was unable to identify any contributing factors. specific risk.

In the UK, England’s deputy medical director said the shot would no longer be offered to people under 30 and the deployment would “change course” to instead give Pfizer and Moderna to young Britons.

AstraZeneca Covid vaccine IS linked to blood clots, but it is ‘very rare’ and the benefits of jab outweigh the risks, says EMA

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