Berlin (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel blamed her country’s difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic — from slow vaccine deployment to going back and forth over blockade rules — in part “perfectionism” The latest surge in cases that were in the “trend to” and sought greater flexibility to tackle.
Chancellor Merkel admitted in an hour-long television interview with public broadcaster ARD late Sunday that the government had made mistakes, including plans to block Easter. Had to be reversed..
Long-time leaders have also expressed dissatisfaction with the actions of the German governor, including members of her own party who have resisted the tighter restrictions previously agreed.
However, Chancellor Merkel, who will not run again in the September general election, upheld her pledge to vaccinate all adults by the end of summer, arguing that Germany is still comparable to most of its neighbors. ..
“Maybe we are sometimes very perfectionists and want to do everything right, because those who make mistakes always face so much public criticism,” Merkel said. Told.
“But we also need flexibility,” she added. “I believe it’s an attribute that we Germans probably need to learn a little more, alongside a tendency towards perfectionism.”
As an example, she cited the need for doctors and vaccine centers to have a list in the hands of those who can receive the shots left at the end of the day. By Sunday, about 10.8% of the population had their first dose of the vaccine in Germany, far less than in the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel.
Chancellor Merkel said she hopes to see a significant increase in the supply of general practitioners in the clinic and the start of vaccination next month to support future vaccine programs.
Chancellor Merkel has shown that support for the government has declined in recent polls and urged Germans not to be overwhelmed by despair.
“We are in a difficult situation, but look at our neighbors. With the exception of Denmark, they are all tackling the same problem from a much more difficult standpoint.”
“We also need to show a little courage and power,” she said.
Chancellor Merkel aimed at some governors who refused to activate so-called emergency brakes, which they agreed to install earlier this month. At this time, the weekly infection rate exceeded 100 per 100,000 inhabitants.
“We now need to take the necessary steps very seriously. Some states have done that, but others haven’t done it yet,” she said. It was.
Merkel, in particular, the rules she and the governor agreed to not follow the spirit and letters of the small state of Saarland on the French border, the capital Berlin, and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia run by its successor Armin Laschet. ..
Chancellor Merkel said there could be additional measures, such as a curfew, and that if the state is not willing to enforce existing rules, it may seek legislative support from Congress.
Bavarian Governor Markus Söder, who hopes to take over Merkel in the September 26 elections, has expressed support for stronger national rules.
“If the prime minister takes the initiative at the national level to change the law and set clear guidelines, she will get my support,” he told ARD TV.
On Monday, the German disease control agency reported 9,872 new cases and 43 deaths confirmed over the past day. Since the onset of the outbreak, 83 million countries have recorded nearly 2.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 75,913 deaths.
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