It was in February when Germany’s ethics counsel weighted in on restricting freedoms based on vaccine status. 

“At the present time, withdrawing state restrictions on freedoms for vaccinated people should not take place as it is not yet possible to reliably assess infectiousness,” Ethics Council head Alena Buyx told a news conference.

Others would perceive such a move as unjust, added Sigrid Graumann, spokeswoman for the Ethics Council’s pandemic working group. “We will have to live with contact restrictions for quite some time,” she said.

Fast forward to Sunday (25 July) and chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun is now saying in an interview “Vaccinated people will definitely have more freedoms than unvaccinated people,”


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