Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has failed with his plan to offer rapid tests for everyone from March 1st. The plan was postponed in the so-called Corona cabinet of the federal government on Monday for the time being one week.
As NewsABC.net reported on Friday, the countries had resisted the ambitious plans. Due to the short lead time, Spahn’s health minister colleagues warned that they would not be able to finish the necessary preparations in time. A “Black Peter game” was programmed, it was said.
There are also doubts about the purpose of the plan to offer quick tests by trained staff and to build up capacities for this in a short time. Because in mid-March the approval of the lay self-tests is expected. With these, citizens can test themselves, then test centers would be less needed. The measure was “insane”, it was said from country circles.
On Monday, Spahn failed in the federal government’s corona cabinet. According to “Bild” Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU) asked a lot of questions about capacities and permits to make it clear that the plan – implemented at such short notice – was half-baked. Even at the country meeting, Spahn could not clearly answer questions about whether there was enough test capacity for everyone.
As a result, the decision on the rapid tests was postponed by one week to March 8th. So Merkel wants to first discuss the plan together with an opening strategy with the country leaders.
According to “Bild”, a member of the Corona cabinet said: “Jens Spahn looked visibly angry. After so much went wrong with the vaccination, he really wanted to shine with the date March 1st. “