German health minister ‘optimistic’ that Covid-19 vaccine will be ready ‘next year’
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn said he is confident that a vaccine for the coronavirus will be ready next year. He earlier urged everyone to stay vigilant amid an uptick in Covid-19 cases.
Spahn refused to state a specific month when a vaccine would be ready, emphasizing that scientists and the public must work together to create a vaccine “faster than ever before in the history of humanity.”
“I’m optimistic that in the next months, and certainly in the next year, there can be a vaccine,” he told ZDF TV channel.
Spahn’s message comes after the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recorded 1,226 new Covid-19 cases in the country on Wednesday, the highest daily increase since early May. Spahn called this figure “very worrying,”urging Germans to stay vigilant.
The RKI itself added fuel to the public’s anxiety surrounding expectations of cure for the coronavirus, when on Wednesday it published a paper on its website saying that “one or several vaccines seem possible by autumn 2020.” The institute later claimed that it was an outdated version of the paper published by mistake, and has removed it.