"We Won’t Get Around a Serious Lockdown" A Third Wave Washes over Germany as Vaccination Campaign Mounts

Medical professionals and virologists in Germany have been clear in their message: The third wave of the coronavirus must be stemmed through tough measures, otherwise the consequences will be dramatic. So, why are Angela Merkel and her state governors stalling?
Police and pedestrians on Cologne last Tuesday: "I guess everyone is doing what they want."

Police and pedestrians on Cologne last Tuesday: "I guess everyone is doing what they want."

Foto: IC.HARDT / SNAPSHOT-PHOTOGRAPHY
DER SPIEGEL 14/2021
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Virologist Melanie Brinkmann

Virologist Melanie Brinkmann

Foto: Thomas Trutschel/photothek.de / imago images/photothek
"We’re already doing triage almost every day by default."

Intensive care physician Henning Lemm

Chancellor Angela Merkel's authority has been severely eroded.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's authority has been severely eroded.

Foto: Markus Schreiber / AP Photo / Picture alliance
The threat from the Chancellery wasn't followed-up with action.
CDU state governors would view a new law as an affront.
Hesse state Governor Volker Bouffier of the CDU

Hesse state Governor Volker Bouffier of the CDU

Foto: Andreas Arnold / dpa
A drive-through coronavirus testing center in the border between Germany and France

A drive-through coronavirus testing center in the border between Germany and France

Foto: Oliver Dietze / dpa
"We have never had a majority for loosening” the containment measures.

Pollster Wahlen

A sidewalk café in the college town Tübingen: The city's problems began after it started opening up businesses again.

A sidewalk café in the college town Tübingen: The city's problems began after it started opening up businesses again.

Foto: Nico Kurth / DER SPIEGEL
A Mercedes plant in Bremen

A Mercedes plant in Bremen

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"It is realistic that all adults who want to get vaccinated will be able to get a shot by the end of July."
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