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Incomplete presentation: How Germany became the world champion in vaccination

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Status: 03/29/2021 10:26 a.m.

The speed of vaccination creates a lot of controversy. The CDU / CSU parliamentary group rejected criticism in a tweet – and published a graphic that made Germany the world champion in vaccination. The tweet has now been deleted.

From Patrick Gensing,
Editor ARD fact finder

“Germany is being criticized for its vaccination management in the fight against Covid19. Rightly? Not at all!” The CDU and CSU parliamentary group tweeted this on Saturday – and published a graphic based on figures from the “Our World in Data” page.

This graph shows four curves that show the development of the number of vaccinations per 100 inhabitants – in the period from December 13th to March 26th. In this illustration, Germany, the EU as a whole and France are roughly level at the top – with a good 14 vaccine doses per 100 inhabitants – well ahead of the global figure of around seven doses.

Germany is “in no way” rightly criticized, so the CDU / CSU parliamentary group.

This graphic should serve as supposed proof.

The values ​​shown are not incorrect, but incomplete. The example clearly shows how a certain message can be conveyed by selecting or omitting data. Because the CDU / CSU parliamentary group did not take into account all the states in front of Germany in the graphic. In comparison, at first glance the situation appeared to be far better than it actually is.

Israel, Chile, USA and many more

In fact, Germany is not at the top, but Israel leads the ranking: the number of vaccination doses administered per 100 inhabitants is 114.63 (because of the double vaccination, more than 100 doses per 100 inhabitants are possible and targeted). Chile has already managed more than 50 vaccine doses, the USA just under 42.

Numerous countries in Europe are also ahead of Germany: The United Kingdom with more than 48, Hungary with just under 27, Estonia with just under 20, Denmark, Iceland, Lithuania and Turkey with more than 17. This is followed by many countries, including Germany, with just under or just over 15 doses of vaccine per 100 residents.

Neither at the top nor at the very back

After clear criticism, the CDU / CSU parliamentary group deleted the graphic. The tweet was “very unsuitable. It does not meet our standards. We apologize,” tweeted the Union faction on Sunday afternoon.

While the Union parliamentary group was obviously trying to gloss over Germany’s balance sheet, SPD politician Manuela Schwesig, among others, shared a graphic in February that gave the impression that Germany was in last place worldwide. This was also an incomplete representation.

In a global comparison, the Federal Republic is relatively far ahead in terms of vaccination doses per 100 inhabitants – but this is mainly due to the fact that very many poorer countries have not yet been able to get any or only very small amounts of vaccine. Germany even has several million vaccine doses that have not yet been used.

Because of the rapidly increasing number of infections, experts are repeatedly calling for the vaccination rate to be increased. Most recently, the German Hospital Association (DKG) demanded that the existing vaccine be used first and foremost for the initial vaccination. The period up to the second vaccination should be used to the maximum.

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