German health minister: vaccine mandate is ‘way out of pandemic’

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The German government has upped its rhetoric in favour of compulsory vaccination in the last two days as the government’s coronavirus policy is fiercely debated in parliament. Germany’s Health Minister Karl Lauterbach described a vaccine mandate as “the safest and fastest way out of the pandemic,” in a speech to the Bundestag. Lauterbach, himself a qualified doctor, said that “with the largest possible proportion of the population vaccinated, we can expect to avoid serious cases, even with new variants of the coronavirus.” The government has set a target of having 80 per cent of the population…

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