Berlin: Most Germans will be “vaccinated, cured or dead” from Covid-19 in a few months, Health Minister Jens Spahn warned as he urged more citizens to get vaccinated.
“Probably by the end of this winter, as is sometimes cynically said, pretty much everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead,” Spahn said, blaming “the very contagious Delta variant”.
The stark warning comes as Germany is racing to contain a record rise in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, with hospitals sounding the alarm about overflowing intensive care units.
Despite widespread access to free coronavirus vaccines, just 68 percent of the German population is fully vaccinated, a level, experts say, is too low to keep the pandemic under control.
Germany, the EU’s most populous country, added another 30,643 cases on November 22, according to the Robert Koch Institute health agency, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to just over 5.3 million.