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European health commissioner: Coronavirus vaccine could be ready as soon as this year


A vaccine for the coronavirus could be ready as soon as the end of this year or the beginning of next year, according to EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.

“Although making predictions is risky at this point, we have good indications that the first vaccine will be available toward the end of this year or beginning of next year,” Kyriakides told German business newspaper Handelsblatt in an interview published Sunday.

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza made a similar prediction last week.

Countries around the world are racing to secure potential coronavirus vaccines. In June, a vaccine alliance between Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy began merging its activities with the European Commission’s strategy to advance purchase vaccines as a bloc.

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