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Rich German high-tech hub serves as anti-vaxxer base

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* Vaccine skepticism threatens Germany’s vaccination plan

* The anti-vaxx movement has spread from Stuttgart

By Thomas Escritt

STUTTGART, Germany, February 9 (Reuters) – Christoph Hueck illustrates the challenge Germany faces in deploying a mass vaccination campaign to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Ascientist living in a rich and high-tech region, he does not consider having one of the proposed plans.

“I will not get vaccinated,” Hueck, a molecular geneticist who wrote a series of articles on immunology before changing careers, told Reuters.

Now 59, he trains teachers for Waldorf schools inspired by esoteric thinker Rudolf Steiner, who started in Stuttgart. He also addressed several anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination protests, although he does not completely reject vaccines.

“I am convinced that if I were to get infected anywhere, I will experience the disease,” he said of COVID-19. “I am also not vaccinated against other diseases, except when I travel to tropical areas where it is mandatory.”

Almost a third of Germans, 31%, said in a December poll that they would not take a coronavirus vaccine, a number that reaches almost half in neighboring France.

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