Merkel: Virus death toll ‘so bitter because it is avoidable’

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a speech Thursday at the Defence Ministry during the Grand Tattoo (Grosser Zapfenstreich), a ceremonial send-off for her, in Berlin. (Odd Andersen/Pool Photo via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday made what is likely her final appeal before leaving office next week for Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.