The German government has agreed to fund a programme that cost €750m to find a cure of the novel coronavirus, this will also include distribution of the vaccine to all people in Germany. Researchers hope large-scale trial swill help speed up the process towards a solution for the virus, this was announced by research minister Anja Karliczek.
Half a billion will be allocated towards extending the trial capacities in Germany, and the rest of the funds to developing production capacity. The announcement comes following a cabinet meeting led by Chancellor Angela Merkel. “As soon as a vaccine is found and approved, production must be able to start quickly on a large scale both here in Germany and worldwide,” Karliczek said. She called vaccine development the “key” to returning to normal life.
The goal of the new funding program is to allow clinical trials to work with a larger number of participants from the start. Medical personnel or other essential workers could be included in the tests on a voluntary basis. Normally trials are conducted on a step-by-step basis with a small amount of participants at the beginning and are slowly expanded.