BERLIN (Reuters) – Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday that it would take months to get any vaccine for coronavirus ready after Germany’s vaccines regulator approved live human testing of a potential vaccine against the Covid-19 virus.

“It’s a good sign that development in Germany has reached the point where we can begin initial clinical trials,” Spahn told reporters.

“At the same time it’s important to stress that it will take months for any vaccine to be fully tested and available even if we have now started the first clinical studies,” he said.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin, editing by Thomas Escritt)