Vaccine makers want to help South Africa — Germany’s health minister
02 June 2021 | 11:01 am
Berlin has pledged €50 million to boost vaccine production in South Africa. German Health Minister Jens Spahn told DW that BioNTech and other vaccine makers were willing to help speed up the process.
This week has seen a new chancellor take the helm in Germany: Olaf Scholz is leading a never-tried-before coalition of his own Social Democrats, as well as the Greens and pro-business Liberals. They come to office promising to get a hold on Covid-19, keep the economy stable – and bring some liberal changes to the EU's biggest economy, including the legalisation of recreational cannabis.
Germany recently tightened sanitary measures on unvaccinated people. An image of an anti-vaxxer kiss-in protest in Germany is circulating widely on social media, as per Deutsche Welle? Also, many on social media are comparing the current sanitary measures to Nazi Germany’s 1933 ‘ahnenpass’ and ‘Gesundheitspass.’We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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The head of the World Health Organization says rich countries are merely prolonging the pandemic by fueling vaccine inequality. "No country can boost its way out of the pandemic," he says.
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