The radio presenter and the head of the Federal Vaccination Commission had a clash in front of thousands of listeners before Christmas. Now they have shown their gentle side in a new interview.

In December there was an uproar between radio man Roger Schawinski (76) …

Schawinski and vaccination boss Berger get along again

… and the head of the Eigenössische Vaccination Commission (EKIF) Christoph Berger (59) came.

 Schawinski and vaccination boss Berger get along again

At the center of the conflict was the question of whether the Swiss authorities should the child vaccination had not progressed fast enough.

That's what

  • There was a scandal between Roger Schawinski and Christoph Berger in December.

  • The well-known moderator accused the head of the Federal Vaccination Commission of repeated inaction in the fight against the corona pandemic.

  • In a short discussion, you have now resumed the thread of the conversation.

On Wednesday, Roger Schawinski and Christoph Berger resumed the thread of the conversation in the Corona Talk on Radio 1 after the scandal between the star presenter and the doctor in December. “Our last interview came to an abrupt end,” introduced Schawinski. Berger replied, “I am convinced that it will go well.” The two had spoken out, Berger also stated.

In the five-minute conversation, the question about Corona and the children dominated. The fact that the authorities have now approved child vaccination has to do with new findings from the USA, said Berger in the introduction. Roger Schawinski called the reaction somewhat smugly a “Swiss finish”, but then let Berger describe the current situation in this country. The Swiss children's hospitals are currently not seeing any increase in infected children, he said.

Berger's sensitive statements about the effectiveness of vaccination in the pandemic

Schawinski had repeatedly accused Berger in the program on December 23 of having acted too slowly in the pandemic. Thereupon he hung up the phone without further ado. The radio presenter then explained to his audience that Berger was unsustainable as head of the national vaccination commission.

After their interview shortly before Christmas, both parties were initially implacable. Following the interview, Christoph Berger stated on request from 20 minutes that he did not want to respond to Schawinski's provocations. It was no longer about the matter. He asked the “Tages-Anzeiger” that Schawinski should apologize to him. Schawinski, on the other hand, said: “If Berger hadn't lost his nerve, our conversation would never have been hyped up into a scandal.” With his statement that the pandemic “cannot be vaccinated”, Berger played into the hands of anti-vaccination opponents.

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Industry Aid.ch, Advice for affected economic sectors

Pro Juventute, advice for children and adolescents, Tel. 147

Dargebotene Hand, Worry Hotline, Tel. 143

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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