According to EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, a first vaccine against COVID-19 could be available by the end of this year. “Even if forecasts are risky at this point, we have good indications that the first vaccine will be available by the end of this year or the beginning of next year,” Kyriakides told Handelsblatt.
The vaccine cannot solve all problems immediately, the EU commissioner said. But it will make it possible to return to normalcy “when a critical mass of citizens – especially those at risk – has been vaccinated”.
Scientists say it is unclear when a vaccine will be available. In theory, development could take years or even fail completely.
According to the EU Health Commissioner, there are more and more smaller and large corona outbreaks in several Member States. Kyriakides called on EU countries to quickly locate sources of infection.