The government of German Chancellor Olaf Schlz failed on Thursday to vote for deputies responsible for vaccinating against COVID since the age of 60.
The German Chancellor’s promise of a compulsory vaccination project had stalled for months, receiving 296 votes in favor, but 378 deputies rejected it. Nine members of the lower house of the German parliament were absent.
Snub is important to Angela Merkel’s successor, who spoke in the autumn for a mandatory vaccination for all adults who promised “late February or early March”.
But the new social-democratic chancellor was unable to bring together social-democrats, environmentalists and liberals or conservative oppositions and bring all three parties in his own government coalition behind him.
The issue is frustrating in Germany, where the anti-vaccine movement is strongly mobilized. Liberals, especially the FDP, have been holding back for months on the idea of vaccine liability.
Although the bill was reserved only for those over 60 years of age, the government was unable to unite around its proposed majority in the Bundestag, despite the bill being partially vacated from its summary.
The chancellor has been criticized in recent months for his lack of discretion and leadership, and on Thursday satirized his diplomatic chief, Annalena Berbak, for forcing her to leave a NATO meeting in Brussels, Ukraine, to participate in the voting, several media reported.
The health situation in Germany has deteriorated, with more than 200,000 new Kovid cases being reported every 24 hours in recent days. The seven-day incidence rate exceeded 1,200.
About 76% of the population received two doses of the vaccine. According to the Robert Koch Institute only 58.9% of Germans received a booster dose against COVID.