The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which Germany is currently fighting, threatens the country's further economic growth, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This is reported by Die Welt.
"We have to admit that for us this third wave is probably the toughest," Merkel said on April 12 at the opening of the digital industrial exhibition Hannover Messe.
She noted that now the number of infected people in Germany is too high, and a load of intensive care units is growing every day.
To overcome the third wave, Merkel hopes to vaccinate the country's population, and until this can be achieved, it is necessary to conduct mass testing.
"Further economic development depends crucially on how quickly we can bring the infection under control," the German leader stressed.
At the same time, she called on the world to take joint action in the fight against the pandemic, because even the vaccination of one country does not exclude the emergence of new mutations of the virus, against which existing vaccines will be less effective or completely useless.
In addition, Merkel calls on Europe to diversify the supply chain of vaccines, as well as to strive for "vaccine independence".
Earlier, the German authorities promised privileges to those who were vaccinated against coronavirus and who developed immunity.
But at the same time, due to the risk of blood clots in vaccinated people, Germany has restricted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine among the elderly.