“Every man and mouse who can vaccinate should vaccinate now,” Lothar Wieler, the head of the agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said in a video discussion with the leader of Saxony, the German state with the highest infection rates.

German lawmakers approved tighter Covid restrictions on Thursday, a day after the head of the national agency responsible for monitoring the pandemic warned of a “really bad Christmas” and said that the coronavirus had again become a countrywide emergency, the New York Times reports.

“Every man and mouse who can vaccinate should vaccinate now,” Lothar Wieler, the head of the agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said in a video discussion with the leader of Saxony, the German state with the highest infection rates.

“Otherwise,” Dr. Wieler added, “we will not get this crisis under control.”

The apparently off-the-cuff remarks by a normally composed scientist came as Germany posted yet another record in daily new infections. The agency on Wednesday reported more than 65,000 new cases — a 61 percent increase over two weeks earlier — and 264 deaths.

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