German health minister expects COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021 - Spiegel

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BERLIN (Reuters) - 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 prepared to pass on surplus amounts of the shot to other countries.

Spahn told Der Spiegel that as soon as enough vaccine was available it would be possible to vaccinate a large proportion 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 coronavirus this week.

(Reporting by Caroline Copley; editing by Thomas Seythal)

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