Germany believes vaccine won't be available until mid-2021
Germany's Education and Research Minister, Anja Maria-Antonia Karliczek, said she does not expect a coronavirus vaccine to be broadly available before mid-2021.
Karliczek said this in a speech at a government news briefing on Tuesday, where the country's Health Minister, Jens Spahn, said that between 55 and 65% of its citizens would need to be vaccinated once the treatment has been found.
Spahn said he wanted to know more about the Russian vaccine, which Moscow approved before Phase 3 trials.
"We would like to know more at times because there is not enough transparency," the health minister said, adding that he was concerned about how fast it had been approved.
Spahn also noted that he was sure the population is willing to get tested and that Germany already has enough information on COVID-19 to prevent another lockdown.
"We don't have the same situation as in March because we know more," he said. He further explained that the precautionary measures such as maintaining social distance, wearing a mask, and washing hands have helped prevent a second wave in the country.
"If we do this in the fall and winter, and we practice this, we will get through the fall and winter well," he said.
Germany's Ministry of Education and Research intends to grant funds to the biotechnology companies, BioNTech and Curevac, to develop a coronavirus vaccine.
Curevac would be receiving 252 million euros ($300 million), while BioNTech will receive 375 million euros.
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