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Universities and schools closed, parks and playgrounds shuttered, major restrictions on public life: the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is making a huge impact on Germany and the entire world. It raises a host of questions for people who are now affected by these severe disruptions to everyday life. How long will it take until effective drugs or a vaccine is available? Will financial support for students be cut if university courses are suspended for weeks or even months?
The German Federal Government has joined forces to face the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak. The Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) is active in many areas that are related to the coronavirus outbreak. On 11 March 2020, the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag allocated an additional 145 million euros for research on the novel coronavirus. The Federal Research Ministry (BMBF) will use the majority of these funds to support the international vaccine initiative CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations). The emergency measure is part of the BMBF’s global activities in the area of infection research.
On this page, you will find all the information from the BMBF about SARS-CoV-2. We will post any news here as soon as it becomes available to keep you up to date on what we are doing.