The Chancellor also rejects a temporary suspension of vaccination patents. Critics accuse Germany of standing in the way of the global vaccination campaign.
Before Chancellor Angela Merkel went to the US, several dozen activists demonstrated in New York against the German brakes on the suspension of vaccination patents.
‘We would like to say that it is not in the interests of the American public that Angela Merkel and the German government continue to oppose vaccine supplies, especially if the US government has changed its position,’ said Ben Levenson, deputy director of the organizing organization “Justice is Global” on Wednesday. US President Joe Biden must make it clear to Merkel during her visit to Washington on Wednesday that the release of patents has priority.
Poorer countries, but also the USA, have been campaigning for a suspension of patent protection for vaccines for some time in order to accelerate the global vaccination campaign against the corona pandemic. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has so far clearly rejected this. According to organizers, hundreds of people were expected to attend the demonstration, which began in front of the UN building in New York. A poster read: ‘Merkel’s hesitation could kill us all’. In other parts of the United States, too, there should be 15 more events in front of German consulates.
On her probably last trip to Washington as Chancellor Angela Merkel will be received by US President Joe Biden in the White House on Thursday. The visit is intended to mark a new beginning in German-American relations after a low point in the era of Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump. Merkel is the first head of government from Europe to have welcomed Biden to the White House since he took office on January 20.