Germany: Optimistic we'll have a vaccine in coming months and certainly next year

13 Aug 2020 / 14:29 H.

    BERLIN, Aug 13 (Reuters) - German Health Minister Jens Spahn on Thursday told ZDF television that he expected there would be a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months and definitely next year.

    "I'm optimistic that in the next months, and certainly in the next year, there can be a vaccine," Spahn said.

    He declined to give a specific month and said it was not yet possible to say how often people would need to be vaccinated or how long-lasting the immunity it conferred would be.

    He added: "But one thing we can say is that thanks to us all working together - researchers, scientists, the public - we will probably have a vaccine faster than ever before in the history of humanity." (Reporting by Michelle Martin Editing by Thomas Escritt)

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