A COVID-19 vaccine could be available for the German population early next year. Health Minister Jens Spahn was quoted as saying on Friday, adding that Germany would be ready to pass on excess amounts of the shot to other nations.
Spahn told Der Spiegel that as soon as a sufficient vaccine was available, it would be possible to vaccinate many of the population that wanted the shot in six to seven months.
“Of course, it would be best if a vaccine could prevent new infections. But it would also be a benefit if it makes the course of the disease milder”, said Spahn, who tested positive for COVID this week.