Angela Merkel dealt crushing blow as majority of Germans do not believe vaccine pledges

Angela Merkel outlines plans for European Health Union

A large majority of Germans do not believe that Angela Merkel’s government can offer every person willing to be vaccinated a Covid jab by September 21, as promised. According to a survey conducted by the YouGov opinion research institute on behalf of the German press agency DPA, only around one in four (26 percent) expect the target to be met. However, 57 percent do not expect this to happen. And 17 percent did not provide any information.

Mrs Merkel (CDU) has announced several times that she wants to make an offer to all adults in Germany who want to be vaccinated by September 21st.

Scepticism prevails even in her own ranks.

A total of 47 percent of the voters of the CDU and CSU do not believe in a vaccination offer for everyone until the end of the summer.

In contrast, only 38 percent expect the goal to be achieved.

All other parties represented in the Bundestag have even less confidence in the vaccination promise. Of the Greens voters, 37 percent still believe in it, followed by supporters of the SPD (32 percent), FDP (27 percent), the Left (22 percent) and the AfD (12 percent).

Respondents are most likely to blame the federal government for the delays in the supply of vaccines at the start of the vaccination campaign.

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

Some 19 percent see the main responsibility lies with her, 17 percent believe it lies with the European Union and only 11 percent blame the manufacturers of the vaccines.

But 33 percent say all three are equally to blame. And 7 percent see the main responsibility for none of the named. Meanwhile 12 percent did not provide any information.

A total of 2,077 people were surveyed for the poll between February 3 and February 5 this year, using standardised online interviews.

The results are weighted and representative for the German population aged 18 and over.

It comes as on Sunday, Bavarian premier Markus Soeder said it is too soon for Germany to lift its lockdown without risking a third wave of COVID-19 infections

Mr Soeder spoke ahead of a crunch meeting to review the restrictions aimed at stemming the pandemic.

Chancellor Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states are due to meet virtually on Wednesday to discuss whether to ease the restrictions from February 15, or extend a lockdown that began in mid-December.

Mr Soeder told broadcaster ARD: “I think, basically, the lockdown will have to be extended for the time being.

“There is no point in just breaking it off now.

“Imagine: we open everything in one fell swoop, then within two, three weeks we will be in a situation maybe even worse than before.

“If we make a mistake now, we will have a third wave.”

DON’T MISS:
EU Parliament ‘essentially a facade’ [INSIGHT]
‘Weakened’ Von der Leyen warned to brace for vaccine chaos reckoning [ANALYSIS]
Eurostar just WEEKS from disaster as UK ignores French plea for help [REACTION]

Wednesday’s meeting would nonetheless have to produce a vision for a way out of lockdown, but how to do so would have to be discussed, Mr Soeder added.

Once a role model for fighting the pandemic, Germany is still struggling with a second wave.

The German leader said on Thursday that she wakes up at night thinking about the life-and-death decisions she faces in trying to get to grips with the coronavirus pandemic.

A scientist known for her no-nonsense approach, Mrs Merkel has come under pressure in the last few weeks over a slow vaccination rollout in Germany and the European Union compared with countries such as Britain, the United States and Israel.

In an unusually personal television interview, she said she knew many people who feared for their livelihood due to the pandemic and that such stories stayed with her.

Mrs Merkel told RTL/n-tv: “I do wake up sometimes at night and think about things.

“It’s a difficult time for me. I want to have thought things through a lot before I make decisions.”

Facing fierce criticism from some German media, especially top-selling daily Bild, Mrs Merkel had earlier spoken to a group of Germans about the crisis and effects of the lockdown, including some distraught parents who were struggling to cope.

Yet she warned that although the situation was moving in the right direction, patience was still needed.

She added: “I see some light at the end of the tunnel.

“But we must be very, very careful to ensure so many people don’t die on the last stretch.”

She added it was too soon to say how long Germany’s strict lockdown would be needed.

She continued: “I would love to impart some good news.

“But there is no point in awakening false hope so I always try to be realistic.”

Germany has registered more than 2.2 million cases and nearly 60,000 deaths related to the virus.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

Source: Read Full Article