January 31, 2020 / 1:55 PM / 20 days ago

Germany expects coronavirus vaccine within months

An information board about the "Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV" is pictured at the assessment center of the Frankfurt Airport Medical Center in Frankfurt, Germany, January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s research minister said on Friday she expected a vaccine for coronavirus to be developed within months.

“If we want to contain this illness then it is good if we have a vaccine in a relatively short time and we assume this will be in a few months,” said Research Minister Anja Karliczek.

She made the announcement after biopharmaceutical company CureVac AG and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said they were working together to develop a vaccine against the virus, first detected in China in December.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Joseph Nasr

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