1. Turbo rather than boost?
Just don't write a scenic introduction, the newsletter author thinks when he does Entry read "The whole of Spain becomes a corona risk area - also Mallorca and the Canaries «. He had spent his last somewhat longer vacation in Tenerife, maskless, before the pandemic. This year it is half vaccinated to the North Sea, but at least. Just this one Newsletter he has to write, then quickly test it, pack his suitcase, load up the car, go.
So it's better to continue for information: »Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, DeltaPlus, Epsilon, Lambda - the mutants are becoming more numerous, and often they are also more infectious«, berichtet my colleague Claus Hecking. "But vaccines that were developed on the basis of the so-called wild type are still mainly injected against all variants." It triggered the pandemic at the beginning of 2020, but no longer plays a major role today.
That's why manufacturers are now developing upgrades. Data from Israel suggestthat the previous remedies might work less well against an infection with Delta (even if they usually prevent severe courses). Biontech and Pfizer today have the development announced a vaccine against Delta. "The first batch of mRNA for the experiment has already been produced in the Biontech plant in Mainz," the companies write. Claus learned that there are around 20.000 cans. The clinical trials are scheduled to begin in August, if the authorities agree.
However, it is unclear whether boosters are really necessary - and how significantly they increase the immune response, reports my colleague Jörg Römer. "Many researchers are cautious," he says. "The data are not yet available to make a clear recommendation." It makes more sense than a third round of the wealthy vaccination pioneers to vaccinate the poorer countries first. The most reliable protection against ever new mutations remains a broad immunization of the world population. (More here.)
2. Horror with an end?
The ends on August 31st US military mission in Afghanistanlike Joe Biden yesterday has announced. Just a few hours later, the announce Taliban, they have an important border crossing to conquered Iran. The tough positional warfare of the radicals has turned into a rapid march; Within days they brought entire provinces in the north under their control.
My colleague Christoph Reuter actually wanted to go to Afghanistan for three weeks to observe and research the withdrawal of the Bundeswehr and the advance of the Taliban. But three weeks turned into seven, Christoph is still in the country. "Since the withdrawal of the US troops, the government in Kabul seems to be in a state of shock, as if it were defeated by the Taliban despite its planes, weapons and billions in aid," he says. Everything had slipped.
He also spoke to militiamen opposing the Taliban. However, many are fleeing: According to the Tajik army, 1037 Afghan security forces escaped across the border into the desperate neighboring country within two days; they weren't the first to choose to flee. A soldier with whom Christopher spoke said to him: "To stay, that would be suicide."
3. Nonstop news nonsense
Just the existence of Summer slump, a 427-inhabitant community in Rhineland-Palatinate, serves us journalists again and again to fill the summer gap. Year after year, reporters from a wide variety of editorial teams harass the mayor of the town with interview requests, like my colleague Christoph Gunkel berichtet. "Most of the time they wanted to know: What do you do in the summer slump in the summer slump?" Complains the mayor. This is how Dieter Hallervorden must have felt - he once said: "It's only bearable to a certain extent if, for years, every guest gives you a bottle of French fries, every bank branch manager, every member of the district council, every allotment garden association chairman."
Of course, Christoph also spoke to the mayor about his "summer slump" story. There were only three inquiries this year, but there should be more. In the news-poor time, the need in the editorial offices grows. “Then the headlines are outdone or behavioral animals - whether cute, glorified or dramatically blown up to the› Beast of the Baggersee ‹. This is what happened to the pygmy hippopotamus Elsbeth (1990), Kaiman Sammy (1994), kangaroo Manni (1998), killer catfish Kuno (2001), swan Petra (2006) and the fugitive cow Yvonne (2011) «, writes Christoph. The summer slump is also the hour of political backbenchers who sense their chance to get through with absurd topics. "So in 1993 the idea came up to lease Mallorca as the 17th federal state for 99 years or to acquire it for 50 billion marks."
Has the summer slump started this year? Let's see what the most-read text on SPIEGEL.de is today. Oh, the wife of the Belgian ambassador allegedly slapped a street sweeper in South Korea.
(Would you like to have the "Situation in the evening" conveniently delivered to your inbox by email? Click here order the daily briefing as a newsletter.)
What else is important today
28 men involved in the assassination of Haiti's president: New details on the murder of Jovenel Moïse: According to the Haiti police, 28 people were involved in the attack on the president. Apparently they are former Members of the Colombian Army.
Heavy rain causes flooding in subways: The water was up to their waist for some passengers: In New York, several subway stations are under water. The city is special threatened by flooding.
Chinese company collects genetic data from pregnant women: The BGI group conducts population research with data from a pregnancy test that has been used millions of times around the world. Experts and politicians are concerned about genetic analysis.
Der neue SPIEGEL: The should determines the consciousness
How important are quotas for women? How necessary are gender asterisks? Who should speak out when there is a dispute about social grievances? Those who want to say something, or first of all those who feel disadvantaged? »Identity Politics« is the catchphrase under which the controversy over such issues is conducted today. "It's not a new term. As early as the XNUMXs, black women in the USA got together to fight their own oppression under the label," reports a team led by my colleague Eva Thöne. "And it's not particularly useful either."
Because: groups that stand up politically for their rights always defined themselves through certain characteristics of their members; that was true of the labor movement. "Today, however, it is primarily understood to mean the demand for a say: by people who are not white, women and people whose sexual identity does not fit into the traditional grid of male and female, for example queer or trans people." Eva and that Team describe and analyze the movement in the new SPIEGEL cover story from many angles. They provide numerous examples, such as the dispute at the University of Kassel, which revolves around the use of the generic masculine, or the situation at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, where after a racism scandal a stage is only required for black actors.
What we recommend today at SPIEGEL +
“Trump asked everyone: is she going to betray anyone? Will she unpack? ": When Michael Wolff was researching his third book about the Trump reign, he got a call: whether he didn't want to visit the ex-president in Mar-a-Lago. Here Wolff tells what he experienced.
"No story is worth as much as my life": Did "cocaine baron" Ridouan Taghi put his people on star reporter Peter R. de Vries? The assassination shows how great the power of the Has become criminals in the country.
This is how bad it gets when cyber blackmailers cripple the system: Criminal hacker groups attack hundreds of companies with ransomware and demand a ransom. Affected people tell what it's like when nothing more is possible and there is a risk of millions in losses.
"I vomited blood and said to the doctors: Hey, please get me fit again": Dream job YouTuber? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that. Social media stars Rezo and Julien Bam talk about the dark side of fame and ambition. Both suffered from mental health problems.
"When I came into the room, it was said: Please go out": Bavaria's Prime Minister talks about why lessons failed during the pandemic - and how he did it Witnessed his children's homeschooling.
Which is less important today
John Angelillo / UPI Photo / imago images
Millionardo da Vinci: An unknown bidder has bought a work by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci for the record price of around 8,9 million pounds, the equivalent of more than ten million euros, according to the auction house Christie's. The drawing of a bear's head measures just seven by seven centimeters, so it is slightly larger than a business card. According to auctioneers is "This masterpiece of one of the most important works of the Renaissance, which is still in private ownership" located.
Typo of the day, now corrected: "US streaming services like Netflix have changed the viewing habits of young audiences"
Cartoon of the day: Mr. Bezos can't help it
And on the weekend?
Could you follow a recommendation from my colleague Wolfgang Höbel (who will also be writing “Lage am Abend” next week) and dare to go to the cinema again to see the film »Summer 85« to look.
In »Summer 85«, the French director François Ozon tells the story of a first love. "It goes without saying," writes Wolfgang, "that Alexis (Félix Lefebvre), who grew up in a rather petty bourgeois family, and David (Benjamin Voisin), who comes from a wealthy Jewish family, come together." They listen to the Cure hit "In Between." Days «, are happy about their young bodies and laugh at David's enchantingly aggressive mother, played by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. "Full of enthusiasm for strange haircuts and other atmospheric details, the 53-year-old Ozon tells a touching drama of crush, betrayal and bitter loss in this film adaptation of a book for young people." (Wolfgang's interview with the director Ozon here.)
Filling the summer hole with ozone sounds conclusive.
You relaxing days.
Yours Oliver Trenkamp
Click here you can order the "Lage am Abend" by email.