Trump reportedly wanted the vaccine to be “only for the United States.”
The Trump administration has reportedly attempted to convince a German-based pharmaceutical company to bring its coronavirus research to the US; also, to make its potential vaccine available exclusively to Americans.
According to reports from Reuters, President of the United States, Donald Trump reportedly offered “large sums of money” to CureVac; a biopharmaceutical company based in the southwest Germany city of Tübingen; to relocate their coronavirus vaccine research to the United States.
Also, according to the German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag; Trump wanted the vaccine to be “only for the United States.”
A spokesperson for the German Health Ministry confirmed Welt’s reporting to Reuters; but in a statement on Sunday, meanwhile, the company pushed back against any speculation of a takeover.
“Internal efforts are focused on the development of a coronavirus vaccine with the goal to reach; help; and to protect people and patients worldwide,” a statement from CureVac reads.
The company, however, “rejects allegations about offers for the acquisition of the company or its technology.”
According to Reuters also, German lawmakers reportedly made counteroffers to convince the company to remain.
Furthermore, a spokesperson for the German Economy Ministry told Reuters that attempts by other countries to poach German companies could lead to Berlin invoking a law; allowing it to review takeover attempts by non-EU countries “if national or European security interests are at stake.”
The US, meanwhile, has said such a measure won’t be necessary.
This was according to a Trump administration official who likewise pushed back against notions that the White House has attempted to poach the vaccine.
“This story is wildly overplayed,” the official told Reuters.
“The US government has spoken with many companies that claim they can help with a vaccine. Most of these companies already received seed funding from US investors.”
The official added that “any solution found would be shared with the world.”