Germany debates forced vax

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Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc have called for a coronavirus vaccine mandate to stave off a fourth wave of coronavirus cases, according to Reuters,

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why it matters: The country’s seven-day coronavirus case rate rose to 372.7 per 100,000 people on Sunday – the highest level since the pandemic began – and has a vaccination rate of just 68%.

What are they saying: “We have reached a point where we must clearly state that we need compulsory vaccination and a no-vaccination lockdown,” said Tilman Kuban, head of the Christian Democratic Union’s (CDU) party’s youth wing. Die Velta wrote in the newspaper on Sunday.

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yes but: Necessary vaccination will not be an immediate solution to the growing number of cases, as people are not considered fully vaccinated until several days after their shot or second dose, depending on which type of vaccine they receive.

big picture: Debate over issuing federal and state vaccination mandates comes as the country is also debating whether to follow its neighbor Austria into a second national lockdown, according to new York Times,

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go in: Austria to enter national COVID lockdown

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