German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that she hopes that vaccinations expected soon will turn the tide within the battle against the novel coronavirus.But speaking in her weekly video podcast, she warned that this wasn't a matter of just a couple of months.“After quite nine months of the pandemic, we are now seeing light at the top of the tunnel,” Merkel said, adding that she hoped one or more vaccines would soon become available.
Merkel stressed that massive coronavirus aid from the state cannot continue indefinitely at the present levels, speaking before parliament’s negotiations for the 2021 budget.“The federal , the states and therefore the councils need to work together well and constructively to beat the pandemic and its consequences within the best way possible,” Merkel said in her video podcast.
On Tuesday, the Bundestag, the German parliament, is meant to debate the proposed allow next year, over one-third of which is predicted to be financed by debt.The coalition government plans to borrow a further 180 billion euros ($218 billion) next year, with Merkel defending the rise in debt.“The costs would be even higher financially and socially if many businesses collapsed and many jobs were lost,” Merkel said.
She added that in 2021, the state could again spend large sums due to savings made in recent years. Overall, the state foresees spending almost half a trillion euros and borrowing almost twice the maximum amount next year. There also are to be tax cuts for several citizens.
“Then we will defeat the virus step by step,” she added.If approval is granted within the ecu Union, the primary vaccinations are expected to start in Germany round the New Year , Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday.