More details have emerged on the measures of Karl Lauterbach’s Health Ministry to conceal internal details of the pandemic response from the German public.
To recap: On September 1st, the second session of the Brandenburg Corona Committee compelled former RKI (public health institute) Chief Lothar Wieler to testify on Covid measures and the vaccines, as part of a broader inquiry into the response by the state parliament of Brandenburg. Only in Brandenburg did the AfD have enough votes to call such an investigative body into existence; establishment parties blocked similar efforts in all other German states. Wieler and a fellow apparatchik from the Paul Ehrlich Institute (medicines regulator) ended up arguing that they have yet to evaluate the vast majority of adverse event reports, because there are too many of them.
The story of Wieler’s testimony included bizarre details about the prior restrictions the Health Ministry had placed on what he could talk about, and the extraordinary lengths they went to enforce them:
Lothar Wieler was accompanied by an employee of the Federal Ministry of Health, a certain Heiko Rottmann-Großner. … He testified that his task was to ensure that Wieler was complying with his leave to testify. As a civil servant, Wieler requires authorisation to provide information on matters that are subject to official secrecy. The authorisation regulates in detail the topics on which a witness in the civil service may not provide information.