The Federal and Länder Governments have jointly decided on measures to break the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Although infection rates are beginning to slow down, the overall levels are still far too high, said Federal Chancellor Merkel. The measures are intended to reduce the number of infections and relieve the burden on the healthcare system.
An effective vaccine is the best remedy against the coronavirus and has the potential to save many thousands of lives in Europe. Vaccinations now have to be further intensified in view of the new wave of infections. The good news, according to EU Commission President von der Leyen: the EU has enough vaccine.
Due to an emerging variant of the coronavirus, South Africa and other countries in the south of the continent have now been classified as virus variant areas. The reclassification came into force on the night of 28 November and involves significant restrictions on entry into Germany. Incoming travellers are required to go into quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their immunisation status.
It is important for people who are particularly at risk to obtain optimum protection from the coronavirus. Why does it make sense to get a booster vaccination? Who is it recommended for? Where can I get the booster vaccination? Questions and answers at a glance.
people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far in Germany (as at 3 December 2021). 57.2 M people have already had both vaccinations. The Federal Ministry of Health’s vaccination dashboard has more details.
For the first time in the history of world climate conferences, all countries have agreed on an accelerated global energy transition away from coal-fired power. In order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the signatory states have resolved to set more ambitious climate targets for 2030 as early as next year.
In an effort to bring its 2021 Sustainability Strategy to a wider international audience, the Federal Government has had a shortened version of the 2021 strategy translated into all six languages used at the United Nations. We also hope to encourage all countries to publish their own ambitious sustainability strategies, as the only way of achieving Agenda 2030’s 17 global sustainability goals is through strategic policymaking that sets specific objectives.