Our country is 5 million euros for the development of a vaccine for the corona virus. That the minister of Finance and of development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) on Friday announced.
The funds will go to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations’ (FOLLOWING), is an international coalition of public and private partners involved in the development of a vaccine against the Covid-19 and want to speed things up. FOLLOWING will be the budgets will be brought to clinical trials and to fund its global manufacturing capacity to improve. The goal is to come up with at least 3 of the candidate vaccine.
According to minister De Croo need for the development of vaccines to be accelerated, as we have lives to save. “It is the intention of the FOLLOWING for a period of four months, to be able to proceed to clinical trials. We do not have any time to lose,” said the minister.
The Belgian scientists Peter Piot, executive director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson & Johnson, are two of the driving forces behind the FOLLOWING. Piot welcomed the Belgian contribution to the budget. “The Belgian contribution to the search for a vaccine that would speed things up. Just as we have boundaries to work together, we can have this virus to beat,” said the virologist is in order.
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