German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is “deeply disappointed” with the decision of a US court to order the removal of a vaccine for a rare form of the coronavirus.
The vaccine, which is in development by Merck and Pfizer, is said to be 100% effective in controlling the virus in people.
Merck and its subsidiary have said the vaccine could save the lives of 1.3 million people by 2025.
“We’re not clear what the law actually says and what the science shows,” Merkel said on Tuesday in Berlin, where she is meeting with US President Donald Trump.
“We have a responsibility to be able to say to patients and to others that we can’t provide them with this vaccine, but we do know that it is 100% safe.”
Merkel also said she did not expect the court to change its decision, which has been blocked by the European Court of Human Rights.
She said the court’s decision was “not just an act of injustice, but a clear and present danger”.
The court said it would be unlikely to change the decision given the fact that the vaccine was in development at the time of the court ruling.
Merkel has been vocal in her support of the vaccine.
Merchants and pharmaceutical companies have been lobbying the European Commission to approve the vaccine since March.
Merkels approval of the German vaccine is the first of its kind in Europe.
The vaccine is not covered by the so-called European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).