German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday pledged significant funding for research on the novel coronavirus, underlining that a possible vaccine against COVID-19 should be made available to all countries.

Addressing lawmakers at the German parliament ahead of a video conference among EU leaders, Merkel underlined that returning to normal life across the world would only be possible once a vaccine against coronavirus was developed.

“Science is never national, science serves humanity,” Merkel stressed, calling for stronger international cooperation in efforts to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

“If we find a medicine or vaccine, test and approve it, then this

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