Sunday, December 5

Bayern star ignites controversy over coronavirus vaccine

Joshua Kimmich is considered a role model in Germany.

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Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich midfielder, has generated a controversy in his country for have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus and have publicly explained that he has not done so because he has some reservations, because, according to him, there are not enough studies on the effects long-term.

The German international has not ruled out being vaccinated soon, but his statements have generated concern inside and outside of football, as it can serve as ammunition to anti-vaccine movements.

Kimmich, precisely, has been seen as a model in many respects and has done, together with his teammate at Bayern and in the national team Leon Goretzka, a contribution to the fight against coronavirus with the creation of a Foundation which has raised several million euros for help those most affected.

He had recently received all kinds of praise for dispensing with agents and intermediaries and personally negotiating his renewal with the Bayern, which made him look like an example of a professional who take your destiny into your own hands.

The representatives of Germany speak

“We all know and appreciate the responsibility of Kimmich and that is why his statements surprise us, “he said this Monday Steffen Seibert, spokesman for the Government of Germany.

Seibert said that the decision to get vaccinated or not is personal, also for a player of the German national team ,. However, he added that “there are answers to the doubts that he has and there are studies that I hope they have an influence on him “.

Alena Buyx, chair of the German Ethics Committee, said that Kimmich had been confused by wrong information about the lack of studies on the long-term effects of the vaccine.

Buyx added that it would have been desirable for football player take advantage of the possibilities you have to get better information and show exemplary behavior in the theme of the vaccine.

“Now it is about explaining to everyone that these long-term effects do not exist and prevent people from thinking that I eat Kimmich they have doubts, they also have to have doubts ”, he explained.

Karl Lauterbach, an epidemiologist and health expert from the Social Democratic Party, offered to have a conversation about the theme with Kimmich.

The controversy arises just at a time when Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern coach, He has to direct his team from a distance because he has been infected with coronavirus, despite being vaccinated. This forces you to stay in home isolation.

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