Hubert Aiwanger has so far refused a corona vaccination.
In doing so, he turns a behavioral economist against himself.
He complains heavily at all the doubters.
But politics also gets its fat off.
Munich - As a junior partner in the Bavarian state government, Hubert Aiwanger is used to having to compromise.
After all, his free voters have allied themselves with the all-powerful CSU, including the alpha male Markus Söder at the top.
When it comes to vaccination against Covid-19, Bavaria's Minister of Economic Affairs remains adamant.
He rejects them outright because he is not entirely at ease with the various vaccines due to their very rapid development.
The 50-year-old explained his skepticism with side effects in his circle of friends.
“My red line is my body,” emphasizes Aiwanger, who has already been denigrated as “Bayern Bolsonaro” by political competition, based on Brazil's militant head of state.
Economist takes Aiwanger: "Consider such statements to be stupid"
He's playing for time.
And is one of the most prominent faces among the numerous compatriots who have so far refused the spades.
What is likely to disturb the camp of the vaccinated and upset some.
Like Armin Falk, for example.
The Leopoldina researcher reads the riot act to the politician in an interview with the
: “Shut up, get vaccinated, I would advise him.
In view of the apparently minor side effects - maybe staying at home for a day - and the great added value for society, I think such statements are just stupid. "
This was Aiwanger's public concern that the vaccines might not be safe.
But not only the Lower Bavarian makes the behavioral economist at the University of Bonn despair - to say the least.
Economist shoots at vaccinators: "Indolence and stupidity" - "like tax evasion"
“When I refuse to be vaccinated, I don't understand where this almost religious furor comes from”, Falk railed and accused the skeptics directly of selfishness: “Not being vaccinated has nothing to do with rationality, but simply with self-interest.
The general public has to pay for the indolence and stupidity of those who oppose the vaccination. "
For the expert, refusals to vaccinate can even be compared with “fare dodging, tax evasion or other forms of non-cooperation”.
It is "free rider of the worst kind".
Beer yes, vaccine no: Hubert Aiwanger knows what he is indulging in his body.
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Economist wants vaccination: "Cooperatives are the stupid ones at the moment"
Falk advocates “compulsory vaccination.
The least would be to make it more difficult for non-vaccinated people to access restaurants, travel and events. ”Another proponent of a future two-class society.
It is no longer acceptable that "at the moment the cooperatives are the stupid".
Because the fourth wave has long been pre-programmed.
With this in mind, Falk speaks to the doubters: “I consider vaccination to be such a minor restriction that it is simply scandalous for me that not everyone does it.
There are countries that would be happy to have the vaccine.
And we allow ourselves this luxury question of whether it is possible, perhaps, to urge someone to get vaccinated. "
Economist stunned: "This country is unable to cope with this pandemic"
He was "somewhat perplexed and stunned by the lack of cooperation".
First downright raving, then almost confused.
But Falk doesn't just target Aiwanger when he denounces the grievances of these months.
No, all political decision-makers are allowed to feel addressed when he rumbles: “I am stunned in front of this country that is unable to cope with this pandemic.” Incidentally, this sentence relates to the one that started late but has not yet reached its climax Debate about test obligations for travelers returning.
But it could also represent many other problem areas that became apparent in all the corona waves.
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