Fact Check: Has Germany suspended all Covid19 vaccinations?

Quick Take

Social media users are sharing a video claiming that the German Govt has halted all Covid-19 vaccinations. We fact-checked the claim and found it to be false.

Quick Take

Sharing a news broadcast-type video, many users are claiming that the German Government is halting the Covid-19 vaccination.

“BREAKING NEWS!! GERMANY HALTS ALL C19 VACCINES, SAYS THEY ARE UNSAFE AND NO LONGER RECOMMENDED!! There has been a 2-week pause so they can reflect on the damages being caused to their people, NO ONE CAN GET IT and the vaxxine license has been put on pause!! GO GERMANY!!” reads one of the posts.

Such posts can be seen here, and here.

A tweet of a similar post is embedded below.

Fact Check

Is the video real?

No. The video is NOT real.

The video, though not altered, is a part of a simulation game on the website BasisCamp. This simulation game was set in a scenario in which an interim government was formed in Germany. During the game, this fictitious interim government analyzed the current situation in Germany and roleplayed various characters.

The video was published on the Facebook and Instagram page of BasisCamp. BasisCamp’s social media clearly stated that these videos were a recording of a simulation. The theatrics was created as part of the multi-day BasisCamp.live online event called “A Global Pandemic Exit Exercise“.

The logo of BasisCamp was clearly visible on the video and it is nowhere related to the German Government.

Who is the person in the video?

The person in the video, as we identified him, is Stephan Kohn, who is a political scientist.

In the video, Khon was introduced as the interim President of Germany’s public health institute, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This is a part of the role play and not real.

The actual President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), is Dr. Lothar Wieler, and he has been holding the position since he was appointed in 2015.

Has the German Government stopped Covid-19 vaccination?

No. Germany has not stopped the Covid-19 vaccination.

Covid-19 vaccination is the priority for most Governments across the world. Even international travel policies are framed as per a country’s vaccination policy. So, a decision to halt vaccination in a country will be covered by the national and international media extensively. In this case, there is no media coverage around Germany stopping Covid-19 vaccinations.

Also, The Federal Ministry of Health (Germany’s Government Health Department) website has no recent declaration about any news of this sort.

In addition, Germany maintains a public record of the number of people vaccinated in the country. The graphical representation of the data given on the official website (screenshot given below) shows no halt in vaccination.

Screenshot taken on 30th September, 2021

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