Joachim Sauer, husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, this Tuesday accused unvaccinated Germans of “laziness” as the country struggles to contain a dramatic increase in the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections.

The worsening pandemic in Germany was partly to blame for the relatively low vaccination rate compared to other Western European countries such as France, Italy or Spain, with only 68% of the population fully vaccinated against covid-19.

“It is surprising that a third of the population does not follow scientific discoveries”, lamented Joachim Sauer in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and published by the German daily Die Welt.

“In part, this is due to a certain laziness and complacency of the Germans,” said Sauer, who rarely speaks in public.

“The other group are people who follow a personal conviction, a kind of ideological reaction to what they consider to be a vaccination dictatorship,” said Sauer, including doctors and scientists in this group.

Like his wife, Sauer is a quantum chemist and went to Italy to receive his diploma as a foreign member of the Turin Academy of Sciences.

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