“This will naturally lead to conflicts”

Charities warn of social conflict and growing inequality in connection with future Corona vaccinations. The state must retain control over distribution, cautioned Ulrich Schneider of the Paritatischer Wohlfahrtsverband (Parity Welfare Association).

"As soon as there is an approved vaccine, we will see a distribution debate," the chief executive of the German Paritatischer Wohlfahrtsverband, Ulrich Schneider, told the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe (Monday).

Health risk groups and medical personnel would likely be vaccinated first, Schneider continued, followed by those "who keep the economy running and are considered systemically important". On the other hand, those who are seen as less important from a social and economic point of view "will have to take a back seat". "This will naturally lead to conflicts," Schneider warned.

Conflict between rich and poor?

In addition, they say, the distribution of the vaccine will become a conflict between rich and poor as more vaccine doses become available worldwide. "Then rich people may look for ways to avoid the long queue for vaccination by getting the drug abroad for a lot of money". This must not be allowed to happen," warned the expert. Politicians must make every effort to stop this, he said. "States must not relinquish control of the vaccine supply or leave distribution to free market forces."

The president of the German Social Welfare Association (SoVD), Adolf Bauer, also warned of injustice in the distribution of the vaccine. We must "prevent those with greater resources from gaining preferential access to vaccines, creating a two-tier society.".

Ethical debate urged

Over the weekend, patient advocates had already called for an ethical debate, including on the prioritization of a vaccine. "Perhaps the assignment of the occupational groups seems superficially simple. He suffices the medical or nursing diploma."However, this raises new questions, said Eugen Brysch, chairman of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, such as how to deal with doctors or nurses who no longer work in this profession. Nor would anyone want to be in the shoes of doctors, who would have to divide their patients into groups. All these ies need to be discussed openly and transparently, Brysch stressed.

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