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Germany’s health minister said he expected a working vaccine for the coronavirus in the coming months or next year at the latest.
Jens Spahn gave the hopeful assessment after the German government’s public health agency withdrew a report suggesting a vaccine could be ready as soon as the autumn.
According to Mr. Spahn, “I’m optimistic that in the next months, and certainly in the next year, there can be a vaccine,”
Germany’s research minister Anja Karliczek has previously said any vaccine was unlikely to be widely available before the middle of next year.
The German biotech firm CureVac began human trials of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine in June – the second company in Germany to carry out trials.