Merkel Adviser on the Future of the Pandemic “I Am Especially Worried About the Unvaccinated Children at School”

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, physicist Michael Meyer-Hermann discusses the successes and mistakes made by scientists during the coronavirus pandemic. He also warns of a new wave of infections as the Delta variant reaches Germany.
Interview Conducted by Rafaela von Bredow und Veronika Hackenbroch
Researcher Meyer-Hermann: "I apologize herewith to all the people who didn’t receive a reply."

Researcher Meyer-Hermann: "I apologize herewith to all the people who didn’t receive a reply."

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Angelina Vernetti / DER SPIEGEL

DER SPIEGEL 25/2021
SPIEGEL International
"That was not a horror scenario as some say. It was real horror."
"We would have fared much better in the pandemic, with fewer deaths and significantly less economic damage. That’s not activism, it's just reasonable."
Modeling the course of the pandemic in Meyer-Hermann's office at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany.

Modeling the course of the pandemic in Meyer-Hermann's office at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany.

Foto: Angelina Vernetti / DER SPIEGEL