The autumn wave could follow the corona summer wave. A member of the government’s expert council is therefore calling for rapid preparation. He doesn’t think it makes too much sense to wait for an expert report on the measures taken so far.

The bioinformatician Lars Kaderali from the Corona Expert Council of the Federal Government considers the evaluation of the protective measures by a specially set up expert committee to be “only of limited help”.

That takes a lot of time and probably doesn’t bring much, because the committee looks to the past for its conclusions, he told the German Press Agency. But you were dealing with a different virus and fewer vaccinations in the population. “So what you can learn from this data is also very limited.”

The Council of Experts is to present its report by the end of June. In particular, the coalition partner FDP had insisted on waiting for this report before adjusting the infection shot law. After that, according to her will, advice will first be given in the summer and only after the end of the Bundestag break at the beginning of September will the corona regulations, which expire on September 23, be changed if necessary. Politicians from the SPD and the Greens, on the other hand, are pushing for more speed.

“A little more speed”

Kaderali is also calling on the federal government to prepare more quickly for the fall and a new wave of infections that is then expected. When revising the Infection Protection Act, he would like “a little more speed”. They will “very soon start tinkering with the Infection Protection Act again in September, when the next wave may already start”.

It is now the task of politics to prepare for various possible scenarios and to have an appropriate toolbox ready so that, if necessary, a quick reaction can be taken. The expert considers the most unfavorable scenario of a new virus variant, which bypasses the vaccination protection and causes severe illness, to be rather unlikely.

The scientist warned of a high level of sickness and burdens on the so-called critical infrastructure. These include the police, fire brigade, clinics and waterworks as well as energy suppliers. He thinks it is less likely that the intensive care units will again reach their limits. “That too cannot be ruled out, but the probability is lower.”