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Germany is testing the reliability of tests using antibodies for the Omicron Minister

Germany is testing the reliability of tests using antibodies for the Omicron Minister.  

Frankfurt: Germany will examine how reliable antigen tests identify the rapid-spreading Omicron COVID-19 variant, health minister Karl Lauterbach said on Sunday.

“We do not know exactly how well these tests work for Omicron,” Lauterbach declared on the public broadcaster ARD. Also, added that the study results will be available in several weeks.

It was evident. However, it was clear that “the alternative not to test at all … would be far too dangerous,” said Lauterbach, physician, and scientist.

He had earlier told an article in a Sunday paper that Germany should revise the COVID-19 vaccine strategy to combat the Omicron variant. 

Also, ensure that it can create the next vaccine quickly in an even more deadly variant coronavirus shortly. Last Friday, new rules for eating out and visits to bars were put in.

Omicron currently accounts for 44% of coronavirus-related infections in Germany, The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said.

This past Sunday, RKI reported 36,552 recently diagnosed corona infections in just 24 hours, three times more than the number reported one week earlier.

The Bundestag lower chamber of parliament is scheduled to debate a draft bill to create the general mandate for vaccination. It is supported by the private sector as well as the public sector. 

However, it has been delayed due to concerns about the lack of a united vote within the coalition of the three parties.

Lauterbach from The Social Democratic Party strongly supports mandatory vaccinations. 

Justice Minister Marco Buschmann of the libertarian FDP, in an interview with the Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag, also urged the parliament to decide this issue quickly.

However, the parliamentary group leader for the Green Party, Britta Hasselmann, stated in an interview with the Funke media outlet that the parties needed to consider the issue internally before deciding on a solution.


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