Did Germany just put all COVID-19 vaccines on hold, because they are dangerous and no longer recommended?
Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Germany Just Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold!
This message has been circulating on WhatsApp, claiming that Germany just put all COVID-19 vaccines on hold b because they are dangerous and no longer recommended.
The message includes a link to a video of Stephan Kohn (Director of RKI), which claims :
Truth : Germany Did NOT Put COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold!
Both the message and the video have gone viral on social media, and even WhatsApp and Telegram groups.
However, the truth is – Germany did NOT put COVID-19 vaccines on hold because they are dangerous or no longer recommended.
This is just a new example of COVID-19 fake news, and here are the FACTS…
Fact #1 : Germany Did Not Put COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold
The German government did not put COVID-19 vaccines on hold. Germany continues to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
In fact, Germany just achieved a new milestone – administering over 100 million doses, which Jens Spahn, the German Federal Minister of Health, announced on 25 August 2021 :
Weiterer Meilenstein: Mehr als 100 Mio Corona-Impfungen in 🇩🇪 in 6 Monaten, das ist eine der größten logistischen Leistungen in der Geschichte unseres Landes. Damit sind 64,4 % (53,5 Mio) mind. einmal geimpft. 59,4 % (49,4 Mio) haben vollen Schutz. Danke an alle, die mithelfen!
— Jens Spahn (@jensspahn) August 25, 2021
I should point out that he announced this 3 days AFTER the Stephan Kohn video was released on Instagram.
So there is no doubt – Germany has not stopped vaccinating its citizens.
Fact #2 : Stephan Kohn Is Not Interim President Of Koch Institute
In this video, Stephan Kohn said that he was appointed as the Interim President of the Robert Koch Institute. That is not true.
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Lothar H. Wieler remains President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), since he was appointed in 2015.
Fact #3 : Stephan Kohn Was Civil Servant In German Interior Ministry
Stephan Kohn was a senior civil servant in the KM4 section of the German Ministry of the Interior.
He came to prominence in May 2020, after penning an 86-page paper critical of Germany’s anti-pandemic measures.
After it was “leaked”, Stephan Kohn was suspended from his position. It is unknown if he remains in the German Ministry of the Interior.
Fact #4 : Video Is Not Real, Just Theatrics
The video was posted to the BasisCamp.live Instagram account on 22 August 2021, but it was not a genuine news broadcast.
It was theatrics – a “simulation” video created as part of the multi-day BasisCamp.live online event called “A Global Pandemic Exit Exercise“.
In that simulation, BasisCamp participants play-acted what they “would do” if they take over the German government. It’s even stated in the Instagram post (which I highlighted below) :
Here is my copy of the simulation video, featuring Stephan Kohn as the fake RKI Director (Robert Koch Institute President).
Fact #5 : die Basis Is A New German Political Party
die Basis – the informal name for Basisdemokratische Partei Deutschland (Basic Democratic Party of Germany) – is a new fringe German political party.
It features people like lawyer Reiner Fuellmich, conspiracy theorist Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, and naturopath Diana Osterhage, and of course, Stephan Kohn.
Established in June 2020 as an anti-lockdown, anti-vaccination party, die Basis only gained prominence after German actor Volker Bruch join the party.
Even so, it only has about 22,800 members (as of July 2021) and only one district seat. So it is simply impossible for die Basis to take over the German government.
Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe + Effective
More than 5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered worldwide, as of 26 August 2021.
They have all been proven to be safe and effective in preventing hospitalisations and deaths in COVID-19 patients.
In countries where vaccination rates are high, hospitalisations and mortality rates have fallen even if the number of new cases has increased.
However, we are nowhere close to achieving herd immunity globally. Even the Germans have only fully-vaccinated less than 60% of their adult population.
So please stop believing in such fake news. Get vaccinated ASAP to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19!
And SHARE this article to WARN your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled too!
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