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German Justice Minister Lambrecht wants privileges for vaccinated people

BERLIN. Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) has spoken out in favor of special rights for vaccinated people in view of the Covid pandemic. In doing so, she claimed to the editorial network in Germany that it was not a question of privileges, but of withdrawing restrictions on fundamental rights. It is not the exercise of basic rights that needs justification, but the restriction of basic rights by the state. "

If it turns out that those who have been vaccinated are no longer contagious, an important justification element for the encroachment on fundamental rights will be lost, stressed the social democrat. Before that, different treatment of non-vaccinated and vaccinated people was out of the question, she made clear.

The Secretary General of the German Society for Immunology, Carsten Watzl, told the Augsburger Allgemeine that it was currently becoming apparent that people who had been vaccinated could pass on the virus. This has been shown in studies with AstraZeneca's vaccine, which is approved in the UK.

Merkel speaks out against special rights for vaccinated people
At the same time, Lambrecht explained that it would only be about "a relatively short transition period" during which vaccinated people would enjoy benefits. Because the more citizens are vaccinated, the sooner there will be a return to normalcy. At the moment, however, fundamental rights must be restricted in order to prevent the virus from spreading and to protect life and health.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had previously spoken out against special rights for vaccinated people. Since it is still unclear whether vaccinated people can infect other people, the question of privileges does not arise.

"The people in this country are not servants"
The former President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Hans-Jürgen-Papier, meanwhile accused the federal and state governments of making their decisions in the pandemic without involving parliaments. “As a constitutional lawyer, I could never have imagined that such intense restrictions on freedom would be decided by the second power, the executive,” he said on Friday to the newspapers of the Funke Media Group.

Papier went on to say that politics is also committed to protecting the freedom of citizens. "The people in this country are not servants."

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