Merkel: Pandemic Shows German Weaknesses, Need To Cooperate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 during an online conference at the Davos Agenda. The Davos Agenda from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 2021 is an online edition due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The global effort in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic is among the major topics facing the Davos forum this year. (Sean Gallup/Pool Photo via AP)

(AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has conceded that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted significant shortcomings in her country. Merkel said as she spoke on Tuesday to the World Economic Forum that the pandemic also has underlined the need for international cooperation on issues such as vaccines.

Germany had a relatively successful first phase of the pandemic, but saw infections shoot up during the winter months and recently passed the threshold of 50,000 deaths, Europe’s fifth-highest toll.

A lengthy second lockdown has slowly brought down the number of new cases in recent weeks. Merkel said that, in Germany, “the speed of our action leaves a lot to be desired.”


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