Angela Merkel ally brags Germany has done ‘much better’ than UK in its handling of Covid

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To date, the UK has seen more than 3,000,000 cases of the novel virus compared to Germany which has recorded 2,293,524 infections. While the number of infections is relatively similar, Britain has considerably more deaths.

As of yesterday, 112,978 people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus compared to Germany’s 62,248.

And now, Peter Altmaier, the German economy minister, has lashed out at the UK’s handling of the virus claiming Germany has done a better job.

Mr Altmaier, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said: “I don’t want to compare with Great Britain.

“Their number of infections is far too high to this day, the death rate is significantly higher than ours.

“This has brought endless suffering to tens of thousands of families.

“So far, we have come through the crisis much better in Germany.”

His comments come after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen likened the vaccine race to the Cold War.

Ms von der Leyen told students attending the online Warwick Economics Summit: “When I was your age the world was still divided into two blocs.

“The superpowers fought to expand or maintain their sphere of influence.

“Well, this world is long gone.

“And yet the old confrontational mindset is back.

“Think of Covid-19 vaccines.

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“Some countries view the search for a vaccine as a race among world powers, like the race for space in the 1960s.

“This is not a competition between Europeans, Russians, Chinese and Americans – this is too serious.”

While the death toll in the UK is considerably higher than other European countries, more than 12,000,000 people have received their first jab of a coronavirus vaccine.

At least 521,581 people have had their second jab.

In contrast, the EU – which has a population almost seven-times larger – has dished out 17.1 million vaccines.

In Germany, a large majority of the population do not believe Ms Merkel’s government can offer every person willing to be vaccinated a Covid jab by September 21.

According to a survey conducted by the YouGov opinion research institute on behalf of the German press agency DPA, only around one in four (26 percent) expect the target to be met.

However, 57 percent do not expect this to happen.

And 17 percent did not provide any information.

Ms Merkel has said several times that she wants to make an offer to all adults in Germany who want to be vaccinated by September 21st.

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