Noh Corona, it seems, no rooster crows in Germany anymore. Temperatures are rising, people are enjoying life. The pubs are full, vaccination records don’t matter; there are no longer tests in schools, hardly anyone wears a mask anymore; the federal government has even dissolved its crisis management team. Anyone who warns that the intoxication of summer could be followed by a hangover in autumn is making themselves unpopular as a fun killer.
This is a role that politicians generally dislike as much as managers or entrepreneurs. Consequently, there is not much criticism of the current course from business. Thierry Bernard, CEO of the Dax group Qiagen, is an exception. “It is folly to forego all protective measures,” he says to the FAS in the first interview he gives as Qiagen boss. “The virus is not gone. Dangerous variants can still develop. Politics, science and industry should now prepare for this. When Corona was new, we ran around like frightened chickens for a while. That must not happen to us again when the next wave comes.”
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