Oh dear, Angela! Merkel admits mistakes but blames ‘German perfectionism’ for vaccine hell
A devastating third wave of coronavirus infections is sweeping across Europe but Germany still has thousands of unused doses and is struggling to impose lockdown rules on a weary population. Ms Merkel has called on health chiefs to demonstrate more flexibility in their bureaucratic approach to the vaccine programme which has led to 80-year-olds having to fill in 10 forms before they go for their jabs.
She said: “Perhaps we’re very perfectionist at times and want to do everything right, because obviously whoever makes a mistake always faces quite a lot of public criticism.
“But there needs to be flexibility too.
“That, I believe, is an attribute that we as Germans perhaps need to learn a little bit more, alongside our tendency towards perfectionism.”
This “perfectionism” has led to just 10 percent of Germany’s adult population receiving their first dose of the vaccine and the country does not even make the list of top 20 nations in terms of rates worldwide.
Britain has so far vaccinated 55 percent of its population while the US has a rate of 25 percent.
Ms Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun said Germany must bring down coronavirus infections in the next few weeks or risk new virus mutations that are resistant to vaccines.
She said: “We are in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic.
“The next few weeks will determine whether we can foreseeably get the pandemic under control.”