French minister: ‘No Covid vaccine before end of 2021’

A medical professional prepares a syringe of vaccine
A vaccine for Covid-19 will likely not be available until the end of 2021, the French minister for research has said

A vaccine against Covid-19 is unlikely to be available until the end of 2021, a French minister has said, in a rebuttal to claims by US President Donald Trump that one could be available “by the end of the year”.

Frédérique Vidal, a biochemist and the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, said that it will be at least 18 months before a safe and reliable vaccination is available.

She told radio station Europe 1: “Laboratories and researchers are telling us that the speed [of work] we have seen in the development of clinical trials ...

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