Bulgaria is now offering vouchers for those vaccinated against the coronavirus to accelerate its faltering vaccination campaign. Vouchers for groceries worth 20 leva (around 10 euros) are valid in the supermarkets of a large chain. The vaccination doses are to be administered in front of these supermarkets in the capital Sofia, in the southern Bulgarian Plovdiv and in the Black Sea cities of Varna and Burgas, reported the television station Nova in Sofia. Bulgaria is at the bottom of the EU list with a vaccination rate of just under 16 percent of those who have been fully vaccinated. Many Bulgarians believe prejudices and rumors about the corona vaccinations, which are massively spread on the Internet.

Spahn excludes mandatory vaccination for nurses
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn further rules out compulsory vaccinations for doctors and nurses. “We promised that there would be no compulsory vaccination for whoever,” said the CDU politician to the editorial network Germany (RND). Getting vaccinated remains a free decision. “But if you do not want to be vaccinated as a nurse, for example, you cannot expect to be able to work in close contact with seriously ill people.”

Moderna applies for conditional approval for booster vaccination
The American vaccine manufacturer Moderna has submitted a conditional approval for a booster vaccination to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The booster vaccination elicits a robust antibody response to the Delta variant, says Moderna. The day before, Moderna had submitted initial data to the US FDA for testing a booster vaccination.

Heil: Plans for mandatory vaccination information “pragmatic solution”
Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil describes the plans in the coalition groups to provide vaccination information for employees as “pragmatic solutions”. A spokeswoman said that Heil had said that labor law does not provide for a fundamental query of the vaccination status and does not make this possible. But he is open to pragmatic solutions. This pragmatic solution now seemed to have hit the political groups. In the future, employers should be able to request information from employees in daycare centers, schools and nursing homes about a corona vaccination or a recovered Covid disease. After hours of consultation in the government coalition, the Union and the SPD agreed on this late on Thursday evening.

Study: Delta variant probably does not lead to more severe courses in children
According to initial findings, the delta variant of the coronavirus does not lead to more severe courses of Covid-19 in children. As a study by the US health authority CDC shows, the proportion of serious illnesses in children currently does not differ significantly from that in January, when the alpha variant of the coronavirus predominated in the USA. In addition, the data indicate a high effectiveness of vaccination protection in adolescents.

Federal Schoolchildren Conference rejects vaccination status query from teachers
Like the leading education unions in Germany, the Federal Schoolchildren Conference rejects the obligation to provide vaccination information for teachers. “I do not believe in starting the big query with the teachers about vaccinations,” says Secretary General Dario Schramm. Like the trade unions before, he points out that teachers are already very willing to vaccinate. The approach in the area of ​​prevention and vaccinations should now be more to offer children and adolescents from the age of twelve vaccination offers, for example at schools, says Schramm.

Scholz: “Were the guinea pigs when vaccinating”
Finance minister and SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz promotes vaccination against Covid-19 with unusual words. “50 million have now been vaccinated twice. We were all the guinea pigs for those who have waited so far. That’s why I say as one of these 50 million – it went well! Please join in,” said Scholz in an interview with the NRW- Local radios. CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak criticizes Scholz for his choice of words. “Anyone who (…) calls 50 million vaccinated citizens a guinea pig lowers confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccine,” says Ziemiak “Focus Online”. One must be able to expect seriousness and a careful choice of words from a Vice Chancellor on such a sensitive topic.

The number of university graduates will decrease in the Corona year 2020
The pandemic has significantly reduced the number of university graduates. In the 2020 examination year, only around 477,000 graduates obtained a degree from German universities, according to the Federal Statistical Office. That was six percent less than in the previous year with 508,000. It is the second time since 2001 that the number has fallen.

The infection situation in Italy is stabilizing
The infection rate in Italy is stabilizing. In the weekly status report, the experts from the Ministry of Health give a seven-day incidence of an average of 74 cases per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide. The value of the previous week was 77. Infectiologist Gianni Rezza, however, speaks of an increasing proportion of corona patients in hospitals. Nationwide, the value in intensive care units averaged six percent.

Drosten: Good vaccination quota in Germany is hard to achieve
The Berlin Charité virologist Christian Drosten is pessimistic that Germany can achieve an acceptable vaccination quota in the pandemic through vaccination offers alone. The main reason is a certain indifference in the population, says Drosten in the NDR podcast “The Coronavirus Update”. He does not assume that Germany will get much further with the vaccination quota by addressing the population. “And that’s why I believe that politicians have a difficult task ahead of them and that they will have to consistently make decisions soon.” In this context, Drosten was also asked about compulsory vaccination as an option. One could try to convey the urgency of vaccinations in Germany, so Drosten.

Current data situation in Germany: 12,991 new cases reported
The number of reported coronavirus infections in Germany has risen to 3,987,981. As can be seen from the information from the state authorities evaluated by ntv.de, 12,991 new cases were added. The growth is continuing, albeit less strongly than in August. Last Friday, the state authorities reported 11,657 new infections – the current value is 11.4 percent above.

The number of deaths related to infection rose 40 to 92,301. An upward trend can also be observed here. Last Friday, 17 dead were counted. The weekly mean is currently increasing to 28 deaths per day, a week ago it was 20. Currently infected are around 140,300 people.

The infection rate (7-day R-value) is given by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as 1.08 (previous day: 1.01). According to the DIVI register, 1217 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Germany, 605 of whom are ventilated. Around 4,140 intensive care beds are currently still available in the German clinics.