That problem will be handled by Germany’s stimulus efforts, Merkel said. He added that “we have a very good individual health system, but in terms of community health, community and prevention, we don’t have sufficient resilience yet.”
Looking beyond Germany, Merkel said she now feels even more justified in her old calls for a cooperative approach to world affairs.
“To me, it is even clearer than ever … that we have to choose a multilateral approach, that the isolation approach will not help us solve the problem,” he said. That attitude has often landed him at odds with the US under former President Donald Trump.
Merkel pointed to the importance of a “multilateral approach to vaccination,” embodied in the COVAX facility, an effort to get affordable injections to poor and middle-income countries. “It’s about fair distribution, and it’s not just a question of money,” he said.
“Multilateralism doesn’t just mean that we cooperate in any way, but we cooperate in a transparent manner,” he said.
There was not enough transparency when the pandemic began regarding its outbreak in China, and lessons need to be learned, he added, welcoming the arrival of a World Health Organization delegation in China.
The Biden administration’s decision to recommit to the WHO after Trump’s decision to leave the UN health agency is “a good and important signal,” Merkel said.
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