Not everything went smoothly during the Health Minister’s visit to Ukraine: Lauterbach was stuck with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Lyashko.

Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach went down for a short time during his visit to Ukraine on Friday.

The SPD politician was stuck in an elevator with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Ljaschko, as Lauterbach wrote in a “last tweet about the Ukraine trip” and illustrated it with a photo. The lift suddenly dropped a meter. “At first nobody wanted to climb out…” Lauterbach added.

The health minister was received by Lyashko in Lviv, western Ukraine. Lauterbach started direct medical aid for war victims, took part in a donor conference to set up a rehabilitation center for war invalids and met fire victims and other seriously injured people. “The trip to the Ukraine was full of important impressions and information,” Lauterbach summed up at the end.

Corona warning in autumn

On Saturday, the minister spoke again about problems that concern him in Germany. With a view to a wave of flu in Australia, he warned that without mask protection and contact restrictions in autumn, a “very dangerous combination of COVID and flu could threaten in autumn and winter”. A successful vaccination campaign against both is therefore necessary and is already being prepared.