Oswald Wagner, Vice Rector of the Medical University of Vienna, confirmed on behalf of the experts consulted that the opening steps in Austria”are absolutely justifiable”. Nevertheless, one should not become overconfident: “We still have to remain a bit cautious,” especially since the delta variant of the coronavirus is also on the rise in Austria. “It will also spread in our country.” But the good news, he said, is that the vaccination also works against this mutation.
Kurz did not want to let the relaxation take over, even when asked: “As long as Mr. Vice Rector does not call and say: There is a mutation where the vaccination no longer works, we will be relaxed, but cautious.” The path back to normality “will take place like this.”
Personal responsibility in the fourth wave
Looking ahead, Kurz outlined a phase of increased personal responsibility, even when the seasonal effect wears off and a fourth wave occurs: because anyone who wants to can get vaccinated by then, there would then be less need for general restrictions: “If someone doesn’t get vaccinated, they are accepting an individual risk,” the chancellor said. That is up to everyone, he said, but “it will not be possible for society to restrict itself in the long run because of this.”
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