Social Democratic MP, Karl Lauterbach, “We need measures to deal with climate change that are similar to the restrictions on personal freedom [imposed] to combat the pandemic,” the professor of health economics and epidemiology at the University of Cologne wrote in a guest piece for Die Welt newspaper.
Lauterbach added, “there will never be a vaccine against CO2.”
[slightly different translation]: "For me the impression remains that we in Germany and also in Europe, let alone in the United States, would not have been able to defeat this pandemic without the development of a vaccine. However , there will never be a vaccination against CO2. We, therefore, need measures to deal with climate change that are analogous to the restrictions on personal freedom in combating pandemics. I increasingly dare to doubt whether this can be achieved."
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