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.”
Spahn also said he felt skeptical about Russia’s “Sputnik V” vaccine, the world’s first regulatory approved vaccine for COVID-19.
Spahn warned Russia had not carried out sufficient broad testing and said that there was relatively little data available on the vaccine.