Finding a coronavirus vaccine could take years

Finding a coronavirus vaccine could take years

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Minister of Health Jens Spahn dampens hopes for the rapid availability of a corona vaccine. There can always be setbacks when looking for a vaccine.

According to Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), the search for a vaccine against the coronavirus may take years. Spahn said in the ARD program “Report from Berlin”. Even if there are already promising approaches, the development of vaccines is “the most challenging, with the most difficult that there is in medicine”.

He said he would be happy if a vaccine was ready in a few months Spahn. However, one has to remain realistic: “It can take years because there can of course be setbacks, as we have seen with other vaccines.”

On Monday at an international donor conference of 7.5 billion euros for the development of anti-virus agents. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) promised a “significant financial contribution” from Germany over the weekend. According to information from the news agency dpa, it is a three-digit million amount.

That the reproductive factor has been below 1 for quite some time – and thus infects one infected less than another person – Spahn rated as “a good sign that we made it together”.

Spahn sees a special need in the event of further easing of the contact restrictions gastronomy. For many hosts, it is about existence. “It is important that we also give a perspective there. I think that will happen on Wednesday,” he added with a view to the next consultation with Chancellor Merkel and the Prime Minister of the federal states.


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