Merkel added in a brief speech that the pandemic represents a global challenge that can only be overcome through global cooperation, criticizing everyone’s lack of willingness for multilateral cooperation at this time.
In turn, the European Commission pledged 1 billion euros for efforts to develop a vaccine, treatments and tests for the Coronavirus, at the start of the International Conference on pledges to raise funds for efforts to develop a vaccine against the Coronavirus. Announcing this amount, Commission President Urzula von der Laine said this was the effort of the “European Team”, noting that it included contributions from European Union member states.
“The size of our response measures must match the scale of the crisis,” said European Council President Charles Michel. “These are black days, but they are also days that reveal our humanity.”
Special program to develop a vaccine in Germany
Meanwhile, the German Minister of Scientific Research, Anya Karlitzik, warned against exaggerating expectations about developing a new vaccine against the newly created Corona virus in a short period. “We should not wait for a miracle,” she said during a conference call on Monday. The German minister added that the vaccines are not expected to be reached before the middle of next year at the earliest.
The minister announced a “special and wide-ranging program” for vaccine development and manufacture in Germany, explaining that the program is based on supporting pharmaceutical companies and research groups and expanding clinical trials for vaccines.
Karlitzik said, for example, that people from professions and groups at risk of infection, such as policemen, teachers and medical staff, may voluntarily participate in later stages of clinical tests. Karlitzik explained that this program is being worked on within the German government, expressing the hope that it will be launched soon.
PJ / H (DPA)