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Coronavirus | The great German virologist diagnoses when life will be “largely normal”

Christian Drosten, Germany’s most prestigious virologist, already sees the light at the end of this dark tunnel caused by the pandemic. Fernando Simón’s counterpart has assured in an interview for Capital that, in 2021, although there will still be restrictive measures, life will once again be “largely normal”. An illusionary statement, especially since Drosten rarely fails in his omens.

During an interview in April, he predicted that in summer there would be a relaxation in the measures against the virus, so there would be a second wave in winter because in autumn and winter there would still be “little immunity of the population.” In fact, you already warned at the time that you would have to prepare for tough new measures and other possible lockdowns, something that is being seen in several countries already.

Trust vaccines

There are some experts who are still skeptical of the vaccine results that have emerged in recent weeks. For example, Margarita del Val, a virologist at the CSIC, stated a few days ago that she still has not seen “No light” and that these drugs do not excite you in the least. “These vaccines they do not guarantee, for the moment, that they will protect from what really interests us: severe symptoms and death. I’m not at all excited. Unlike. I am a bit upset that these details have not been made. Sorry to be so pessimistic, but I’ve been on vaccinations my whole life and this does not convince me at all”, He said in the ‘Ana Rosa Program’.

Drosten, on the other hand, has detached itself from these statements and has praised the work done by BioNTech and Pfizer in the development of its vaccine. He has even pointed out that he can give “Impressive protection against infection”. In addition, the virologist has encouraged the health authorities to carry out more antigen test because, together with vaccines, they can contribute to its optimistic prognosis.

Denies its role in the future of the country

The 48-year-old German virologist began his career in 2007 as a professor at the University of Bonn and during the pandemic has made himself known thanks to numerous public appearances and his podcast, something that can be “Sometimes tiring”, although he understands that so much information is asked of him because the need to understand the pandemic is very high.

Likewise, Drosten has advised the German government during the pandemic, although he has denied that he or other fellow virologists and epidemiologists determine the fate of the country. States that it is the politicians who make the last decisionswhile experts only advise and provide scientific assessments. “I don’t think I can influence anything with authority”Drosten said, describing himself as a part of a “little cog.”

New record for daily infections in Germany

Germany has registered 23,648 new cases of coronavirus and 260 deaths in the last 24 hours, which beats the daily record of infections and brings the total to 879,544 infected people and 13,630 fatalities, according to the balance published this Friday by the Robert Koch Institute, the government agency in charge of monitoring infectious diseases. The previous record of infections in 24 hours was reached last Friday, November 13, with 23,542 positives. On the other hand, 579,100 people have managed to overcome COVID-19including 16,400 who have been discharged in the last day.

From November 2, bars, restaurants and cultural centers remain closed in the country to curb the spread of the virus, among other limitations on social gatherings, amid growing concern about a possible overflow of the country’s health system.