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After Merkel's summit: more freedom rights for vaccinated people - Spahn announces a decision date


The vaccination summit lasted just under three hours on Monday. The Chancellor predicts “weeks of effort”. But above all it is about "hope".

The vaccination summit lasted just under three hours on Monday.

The Chancellor predicts “weeks of effort”.

But above all it is about "hope".

  • On Monday, Angela Merkel * (CDU) and the prime ministers met for the vaccination summit.

  • Shortly before 6 p.m. Merkel presented the results of the round together with Markus Söder and Michael Müller

    (updates from April 26, 5:50 p.m.).

  • In an ARD broadcast, Jens Spahn specified plans for relaxation in favor of vaccinated and convalescent people

    (update from April 26, 9:25 p.m.)


  • This news ticker is continuously updated.

Update from April 26th, 9:25 p.m.:

At the press conference after the vaccination summit, Angela Merkel and Co. did not come out with concrete data on possible easing for vaccinated and convalescent people.

Jens Spahn did that a little later.

“The federal government will make a proposal for this next week and the Federal Council will then make a final decision on May 28th.

So there is a schedule, ”said the Minister of Health on the ARD program“ Extra ”.

Update from April 26th, 8:33 p.m.:

There is already criticism of the vaccination summit from the opposition.

Christian Lindner would have wanted "a clear signal in the direction of specialist and company doctors," as the FDP leader told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

“You should be involved in the vaccination campaign as soon as possible.

Otherwise there is a risk that the vaccine will be dumped in the future, although the demand for vaccinations is high, ”demanded the 42-year-old.

He has in mind that “the family doctors will be able to deal pragmatically with the vaccination sequence before June”.

Vaccination summit at Merkel: No tangible results to report

Update from April 26, 6:22 p.m.:

The press conference after the vaccination summit is over.

The most important findings: The vaccination prioritization will probably be lifted in the course of June - at the same time, according to Angela Merkel, 80 million vaccine doses will be available in the second quarter.

There were no other tangible results to report after the three-hour conference.

Merkel and the regional leaders Markus Söder and Michael Müller tried to point out progress in vaccination, but at the same time to warn them to be careful.

Söder and Merkel spoke of an "MPK of hope".

The question of freedoms for fully vaccinated persons remains open.

A corresponding ordinance is to be drawn up and passed by the Bundestag and Bundesrat.

Müller hoped for an end to the related debate in May.

Söder and Müller spoke out in favor of clear steps in terms of fundamental rights.

The last question in the press conference was what the "social goal" was in the pandemic.

After a rather lengthy answer from the Chancellor, Söder spoke up: "I would add: We would like to have our old life back."

Update from April 26th, 6:11 pm:



still need weeks of effort" - nevertheless, there were signs of hope at the summit, said Merkel in response to a question.

"When we can start thinking about opening hotels again, I can't say today," explains the Chancellor.

"It was an MPK of hope, but we mustn't forget the present," warns Merkel.

One will also “have to make it clear in communication” that, despite all progress in vaccination, rules must still be observed, emphasizes Müller in the outlook for the coming weeks.

It is also about protecting others.

In the event of loosening, it will have to be proven that one has been vaccinated, says the MPK chairman.

Merkel first mentions the WHO vaccination pass or, for those who have recovered, the positive PCR test as specific detection instruments.

Corona vaccinations in Germany: Söder speaks of "hope MPK" - and "very controversial debate"

Update from April 26th, 6:04 pm:

Markus Söder speaks in his statement of a "hope MPK" - the vaccination summit was about easing instead of restrictions.

However, it should be noted that the number of infections among younger people in Bavaria is increasing significantly.

Söder explains that by giving up vaccination prioritization, the speed of vaccination could increase significantly.

Together with the involvement of general practitioners, it represents an important "lever".

Bavaria's Prime Minister speaks of a "very controversial" debate about easing the situation for vaccinated people.

From his point of view, however, it is absurd "that someone who has been vaccinated twice has to present the same test who is not vaccinated".

As long as the effectiveness of vaccinations is not reassessed by the RKI, politicians should now send a positive signal to the population.

"Fundamental rights are defined in relation to the state, not in relation to the neighbor," emphasizes Söder.

In this respect, the state must give great weight to fundamental rights.

"Nobody knows what kind of mutations there can be, but as of today we are on a really good path," Söder concludes.

Corona vaccination summit: Müller calls for quick action with freedom for vaccinated people - even with contact restrictions

Update from April 26th, 5:58 pm:

Müller agrees that the vaccination centers will be needed "for a long time".

This applies to second vaccinations, but also to younger people who do not have a family doctor or who do not need extensive advice.

At the same time, politics must “provide answers on how we deal with fundamental rights,” emphasizes Müller.

The federal government will "quickly tackle" the issue - he hopes that the discussion can be concluded in May.

Then it must also be about the "sensitive intervention" in the private contacts.

Vaccinations are progressing: Merkel warns of "transitional phase that is not easy"

Update from April 26th, 5:54 p.m.:

As the second major complex of consultations, Merkel names relaxation for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. She announces an ordinance on the subject to be passed by the Bundestag and Bundesrat. "It was important that we discussed that," said the Chancellor. "We will enter a transition phase that is not easy," says Merkel with a view to a still large unvaccinated part of the population.

You have to keep an eye on what rights vaccinated people get - but also what danger there is for the non-vaccinated part of the population.

Only when everyone has been able to get vaccinated is it an individual decision, the consequences of which must be borne for the individual.

Merkel does not present any concrete results or plans.

Berlin's Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) also speaks of an "exchange of views" on the subject.

Vaccination summit with the Chancellor and Prime Minister: Merkel makes the purchase of Sputnik dependent on the time of approval

Update from April 26th, 5:52 pm:

With a view to the controversial Russian vaccine "Sputnik V", the time of approval by the EMA is particularly important.

If this comes soon, it might make sense to order the vaccine - if it comes later, Germany probably already has sufficient vaccine doses.

Vaccination summit: Merkel already announces results - end of vaccination prioritization in June?

Update from April 26th, 5:50 p.m.:

Angela Merkel has already announced the results of the vaccination summit. It promises significantly more speed in vaccination progress for the coming weeks and months. She expects that prioritization can be abandoned by June at the latest - "that does not mean that everyone can be vaccinated immediately," admits Merkel. However, everyone can then try to make an appointment. In June, company doctors could then also be more involved. The Chancellor speaks of “vaccinating entire companies”. However, in view of the large number of large companies, the distribution according to federal states must still be taken into account.

Update from April 26, 5:25 p.m.:

At the vaccination summit of the federal and state governments, the first part of the debate is over - as planned without a resolution.

However, there is broad agreement that the vaccination prioritization should be lifted by June at the latest, reports the dpa, citing several unnamed sources.

As it was also said, the implementation of the plan also depends on vaccine deliveries coming as planned.

Vaccination summit is underway: Spahn names a relaxation schedule for vaccinated people - and for the end of prioritization

Update from April 26th, 5 p.m.:

With regard to the resolution of the vaccination priority, Health Minister Jens Spahn has now clearly positioned himself again. The CDU politician has


out on the TV broadcaster


- unlike Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) - against a quick release of the vaccinations. First of all, the third priority group would have to be vaccinated in May. These include supermarket salespeople and teachers. "They have now been waiting for four or five months to be vaccinated to protect themselves." After that, the prioritization could be given up for good, explains the Minister of Health. “I said: in June. If it can be done earlier, because more vaccine is coming, sooner too, ”says Spahn.

At the same time, the minister named at least a rough schedule for relaxation for fully vaccinated people in Germany. The plans will be implemented by regulation, said Spahn. “A regulation like this takes two, three, four weeks. But that is also quick in view of what is pending. ”Spahn also emphasized:“ There is no entitlement to a restaurant visit. At the moment when restaurants reopen, you can say again, yes, vaccinated people can visit without any further requirements. "

Meanwhile, the left is also against lifting the corona vaccination prioritization.

The rule serves to protect vulnerable population groups and first and foremost vaccinate, said co-party leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow on Monday in Berlin.

It must be ensured that people are no more at risk than the rest of the population due to age, previous illnesses or social situation.

On the question of which freedoms vaccinated people should get, she said: "Vaccinated people should be able to have the same status as those who have been tested, as well as those who have overcome Corona."

Merkel's vaccination summit: Söder calls for more speed and flexibility

Update from April 26th, 4:16 p.m.: The

federal and state governments are currently discussing at the vaccination summit about lifting the vaccination prioritization and possible freedoms for vaccinated people.

Above all, Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) is calling for more speed and flexibility in vaccinations in Germany.

"Where we vaccinate more freely, we are very efficient," said the 54-year-old according to information from the dpa during the summit.

The CSU boss also spoke out in favor of fewer corona requirements for people who have been vaccinated twice.

"Anyone who has been vaccinated twice should also have more freedom," says Söder.

In the current phase of the pandemic, however, two points are particularly important, explained the Bavarian Prime Minister: "How can we increase the speed of vaccination?" And "How can we return basic rights?"

Merkel's vaccination summit: Chancellery boss Braun wants to delay freedom for vaccinated people

Update from April 26, 2:45 p.m.:

Several politicians, including prime ministers, have spoken out in favor of granting vaccinated people more freedom as soon as possible.

Now comes a damper from the Chancellery.

Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU) already spoke out on Sunday in an internal switching conference of the Union in favor of treating vaccinated and tested people equally for as long as possible and rejected a quick return of basic rights to vaccinated and convalescent people.

The reported


Braun could insist that vaccinated people only be granted more freedom if the vaccination prioritization is lifted - and thus to circumvent allegations of unequal treatment.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert, on the other hand, announced on Monday morning that the government wanted to quickly bring freedom for vaccinated people on the way

(see update from April 26th, 1:35 p.m.)


Merkel's vaccination summit: Baerbock also calls for relaxation for those who have been vaccinated

Update from April 26, 2:25 p.m.:

Before the vaccination summit, the Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock * called for relaxation for vaccinated people: It is right that vaccinated people should be equated with those who have been tested, Baerbock said in the afternoon at a press conference.

Since the federal government was not ready to regulate the issue in the federal emergency brake, clarity must now be found elsewhere.

"Nonetheless, we still need protective measures," added the Greens leader.

Baerbock specifically mentioned masks and keeping a distance.

"All measures to bring the incidence down must be pushed ahead," she also demanded.

Baerbock spoke out against abolishing vaccination prioritization too quickly.

The priority group 3 currently to be vaccinated should first continue to be supplied with vaccines.

Merkel's vaccination summit: Laschet warns - "Reduce fundamental rights encroachments as quickly as possible"

Update from April 26th, 1.55 p.m.:

CDU boss Armin Laschet reported before the vaccination summit with a warning: "It is important to me that one does not speak of privileges," said the Union Chancellor candidate * at a press conference after the meeting of the CDU board.

"It is about the question of whether you can maintain encroachments on fundamental rights for people who are fully vaccinated." His goal is to "reduce encroachments on fundamental rights as quickly as possible".

Merkel's vaccination summit: Government spokesman Seibert gives hope to those who have been vaccinated

Update from April 26, 1:35 p.m.:

Can citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus expect special rights in the future? According to government spokesman Steffen Seibert, the federal government wants to quickly bring relief for those who have been vaccinated. However, a precise schedule for these measures would still have to be drawn up depending on the results of the vaccination summit on Monday afternoon.

Other members of the federal government also spoke out in favor of special rights for vaccinated people.


vaccinated people there should soon be no more tests and no more quarantine when traveling on vacation," said Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) to the German press agency.

Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) was positive about summer holidays.

"I am confident.

Nevertheless, we have to look at the facts, ”said the CDU vice-president.

Merkel's vaccination summit: Chancellor worries about "indictment summit"

Update from April 26th, 11.50 a.m.:

How much potential for conflict does the federal and state vaccination summit, scheduled for Monday afternoon, hold? Angela Merkel fears a hard argument between the prime ministers of the federal states and the representatives of the federal government. As

reports, the Chancellor is said to have said in a video conference of the CDU Presidium on Monday: "This will be a summit of indictments when I look at the verbal contributions on the A side."

The federal states led by the SPD are referred to as the A-side.

These recently repeatedly expressed sharp criticism - especially against Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU).

But also in terms of content, Angela Merkel already let some of her positions through.

The Chancellor apparently demanded that newly tested people should not be equated with vaccinated people.

"The security of the vaccination is much more robust than the security of the tests," said the 66-year-old.

The Chancellor, like Spahn, also warned against prematurely giving up the prioritization of vaccinations.

According to Merkel, teachers, among others, have “no understanding” for a lifting of the prioritization.

Merkel's vaccination summit: Berlin's Mayor Müller calls for the prioritization to be lifted

Update from April 26, 9:20 a.m.:

This afternoon, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Ministers of the federal states are meeting for the vaccination summit to discuss further vaccination and possible freedoms for those who have been vaccinated. On Monday morning, Berlin's Governing Mayor Michael Müller commented on the upcoming decisions in the ARD's “Morgenmagazin”. Among other things, the 56-year-old called for the vaccination prioritization to be lifted quickly.

This should "happen as quickly as possible", demanded Müller and emphasized that this step would be connected above all with sufficient vaccine deliveries to general practitioners' practices.

It is therefore also unclear when the prioritization can be lifted.

In May, however, there would definitely be “more momentum” in the vaccine supply.

With a view to Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), who had called for the prioritization to be lifted for the end of May, Müller chose soothing words.

"I think we don't have to argue for five or six days," said the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Merkel's vaccination summit: more rights for vaccinated people?

Kretschmer: "It goes without saying ..."

Update from April 26th, 7.55 a.m.:

Before the vaccination summit by the federal and state governments, calls are being made to return vaccinated people their basic rights soon. Vaccinated nursing home residents should be able to eat together again and be visited, said the chairwoman of the Greens in the Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, in an interview with the

Rheinische Post

. This also requires evidence that is suitable for everyday use for citizens who have been vaccinated or tested negative. In addition, Göring-Eckardt demanded from the participants of the vaccination summit that withheld vaccination doses be released and that no vaccine be thrown away.

The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen, also commented on the debate about more rights for vaccinated people.

"I consider someone who is vaccinated to continue to withdraw their basic right to be legally very difficult and medically hardly justifiable," said Gassen in the

Rheinische Post


Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) sees it similarly.

"It is a matter of course and imperative that people who are not or only very unlikely to be carriers of the virus due to their vaccination are not restricted," he explained to the newspapers of the

Funke media group


Vaccination summit: Berlin Greens against procurement of corona vaccine Sputnik V

Update from April 26, 6:36 a.m.:

Before the federal and state vaccination summit, Berlin's

Senator for

Economic Affairs, Ramona Pop

, spoke out

against the purchase of the Russian corona vaccine Sputnik V.

"The vaccination summit must give the go-ahead for significantly more people to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the coming weeks," said the Green politician on Sunday.

"What is needed here is quick action and no phantom debates like the procurement of Sputnik vaccine."

Pop made another suggestion: "I advocate an emergency approval of the CureVac vaccine in order to be able to use another mRNA vaccine with high efficacy and few side effects in the short term."

The Berlin Greens have fundamental concerns about the Sputnik V corona vaccine, among other things against the background of the conflict with Russia over the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny, who is imprisoned in a prison camp.

In a controversial discussion last Tuesday, the Senate did not "take a final position" on the issue.

Vaccination summit on Monday: Zoff again?

Round apparently ignores lessons from the Easter flop

First report from April 25th:

Berlin - The vaccination summit is the first federal-state meeting after the great nocturnal debacle: On the night of March 23rd, Angela Merkel (CDU) and the prime ministers decided on the so-called Easter rest - the rest is history.

The Easter rest was withdrawn in a chaotic act *, Merkel apologized and canceled the Corona summit *.

Now the Chancellor and the country leaders are supposed to meet again: Monday will be about vaccinations, rights for vaccinated people and the rest of the timetable.

A mistake may be repeated: If at the end of March it was announced that the next summit would start earlier in order to avoid late-night rushes, at least this resolution is already a thing of the past.

The conference starts at 3 p.m. - as usual.


Angela Merkel (CDU) and the 16 prime ministers will meet on Monday for the vaccination summit.

© John Macdougall / dpa Bildfunk

Vaccination summit on Monday: These are the topics of the federal-state conference

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) is to provide information on Monday about the status of the vaccination campaign.

It will then also be debated whether and when the prioritization in the allocation of vaccination appointments can be canceled.

While the federal government is currently citing June for this, medical representatives have already called for the vaccines to be released even earlier.

At the center of the vaccination summit, however, should be the question of making things easier for those who have been vaccinated: Can you soon be treated like people who have tested negative?

For example, you could then go shopping with the same rights as a person who tested negative.

But other rules it is likely in the foreseeable future no exceptions * give - it shall so far as possible that vaccinated can visit, for example, recreational and cultural facilities that are otherwise closed, as well



Angela Merkel's vaccination summit: is there another threat of conflicts between Söder and Laschet?

The debate was already being carried out through the media over the weekend. "We need company vaccinations, we need family vaccinations," said Markus Söder * (CSU) on Sunday in the ARD. There is a high risk of infection in families and companies. In particular, the prioritization of vaccinations is developing into a "time obstacle". He also wants the imminent lifting of restrictions to be seen as an incentive to get vaccinated. "


in May", Söder wants to cancel the prioritization, as reported by *


The newly elected CDU chancellor candidate Armin Laschet * is somewhat more cautious.

He continues to talk about a suspension in June.

After the freestyle, the two are the chancellor candidate in the clinch *.

But there is agreement on one point: Laschet also wants to equate the vaccinated with those who have recovered and those who have tested negative.

The CDU boss has also already mentioned a schedule.

Chancellor and country chiefs at the summit: Ethics Council for Openings - FDP wants to know "everything is allowed" for vaccinated people

The Ethics Council also has no objections, on the contrary: If the third wave "hopefully soon" is over, "future equality of those who have been tested, vaccinated and possibly also those who have recovered, for example with access to restaurants or shops, would be unproblematic from an ethical point of view," said the boss of the Ethics Council, Alena Buyx the



One party - which does not have a Prime Minister - goes much further: "Everything must be allowed for those who have been vaccinated," said FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing in the

Saarbrücker Zeitung


If there is no longer any reason to restrict fundamental rights, "it is not allowed to continue doing this".

The constitution is “very clear”. He expects swift action from the federal and state governments from the vaccination summit.



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