Virologist Streeck dampens vaccine hopes

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The Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck has dampened hopes for a quick availability of a corona vaccine.

When an effective vaccine would be ready for the market, one could "not predict", he told the "Handelsblatt". The expert warned that he considered the debates about this to be in part “quite dubious”.

“While an active ingredient can be created quickly, we cannot predict whether it will work or not.” The testing phase in particular is “always full of surprises”. At the same time, Streeck warned of “alarmism” and “mood-making” in Germany, especially since the pandemic is currently “comparably easy to manage”: “You no longer have to paralyze the whole country.” For some of his medical colleagues, he therefore doesn't understand, “with which intention they keep painting new signs on the wall instead of looking for constructive solutions ”. He himself spoke in the "Handelsblatt" for a traffic light solution, "which is not only based on the number of infections, but also on the inpatient beds occupied by Covid-19". Streeck pleaded not to shut down everyday life any longer, but rather “to at least consider every convincing hygiene concept” ?? when it comes to major events. “You only know if something works if you have tried it.” He does not want to condemn the “Swedish way” either: “Although Sweden initially made the mistake of not caring for its old people's homes enough, we are now seeing a continuous decline in the number of people living there Infection numbers and fatalities. "Streeck was more skeptical when asked what the German Corona app would bring:" It is a great experiment that at least does not harm anyone. "He means that" not at all derogatory ". But one cannot yet predict whether such an app will have a "decisive influence". Collateral damage from the fight against Corona, which is difficult to repair, can already be seen elsewhere: “At the UN level, many aid programs are no longer being continued.” As a result, “many additional AIDS and starvation deaths must be expected, but also with Genital mutilation and child marriage, as important programs are not currently being implemented ”. That's scary, said Streeck.