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Alice Weidel. Photo: AfD

Top AfD candidate does not plan on getting vaccinated

The top candidate of the AfD for the German election, Alice Weidel, does not want to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the foreseeable future. She also described the testing of returning travelers as “complete nonsense” and accused the federal government of “still having no plan”.

Published: July 31, 2021, 5:23 am

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    In the ZDF morning magazine on Friday, Weidel described the planned test obligation for travelers returning as a “death knell for tourism”. Discrimination against healthy unvaccinated people was not acceptable.

    To introduce an implicit compulsory vaccination that discriminates against healthy unvaccinated people was “unconstitutional” she said. The AfD leader said having the jab was a citizen’s personal responsibility.

    She herself has not been vaccinated and will not be injected against Covid-19 for the foreseeable future, said the AfD top candidate. “And I would never allow anything like that to be ascribed to me,” she emphasized.

    According to DPA information, Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger, has not been vaccinated so far either. Because of his choice, the head of the Free Voters party has had to endure a lot of criticism, also from coalition partner CSU.

    The top politicians of the AfD who say they have had themselves vaccinated include Alexander Gauland, co-leader of the AfD parliamentary group, and the party chairman Jörg Meuthen. Like several federal ministers, they have however spoken out clearly against the introduction of compulsory Covid 19 vaccination.

    In an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, Bundestag President Schäuble has been calling for restrictions on freedom only for the unvaccinated. In order for more people to be vaccinated, according to Schäuble, citizens should exert social pressure on one another: “That should definitely be an issue among friends and acquaintances, so that those who do not participate, although they could, get a guilty conscience. In my opinion, a certain social pressure would not be wrong.”

    Weidel responded: “We only know from totalitarian regimes that politicians call on the population to exert social pressure on nonconformists. With his demand, the President of the Bundestag is damaging our parliamentary democracy.

    “A constitutional state must not operate with manipulation and pillory, but must respect the fundamental rights to freedom of expression or physical integrity. Every citizen can decide for himself whether he wants to be vaccinated or not, based on information about the effectiveness and side effects of the vaccines.

    “The only one who should have a guilty conscience is the President of the Bundestag personally. The governing parties must immediately stop the pressure on healthy citizens to conform!”

    The question remains: How much use is a gigantic army of spike antibodies in these vaccines if 80 percent of the vaccine-induced IgA are already gone from the blood after 80 days? And most importantly, they are not found in the mucosa where the virus replicates.

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