Germany optimistic of covid vaccine launch in coming months

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2020

He earlier urged everyone to stay vigilant amid an uptick in Covid-19 cases.

"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", he said.

"Optimistic of coronavirus vaccine in the coming months".

Germany recorded the biggest daily increase in new Covid cases in more than three months, data showed on Wednesday, with the health minister warning of outbreaks in almost all parts of the country due to holiday returnees and party-goers. "This is, no doubt, very worrying", Health Minister Jens Spahn told Deutschlandfunk radio, adding that citizens had to remain cautious to prevent the virus from spreading further.

His forecast appeared to chime with a report that the Robert Koch Institute issued on Wednesday and later withdrew, in which the public health agency said it expected a vaccine by the autumn.

The paper, which has now been removed from the institute's website, was an out-of-date version of a document being worked on by the agency, an RKI spokeswoman said.

There are more than 200 vaccines now in development worldwide, and several of them have entered crucial phase-three clinical trials.

Spahn also expressed skepticism over a new vaccine trumpeted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, joining the chorus of concern already aired by some experts over Moscow's rapid approval of the drug.

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