Donald Trump has reportedly asked a German laboratory to have exclusive access to a vaccine against coronavirus in the United States. “Germany is not for sale.” German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier’s …
Donald Trump has reportedly asked a German laboratory to have exclusive access to a vaccine against coronavirus in the United States.
“Germany is not for sale.” German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier’s response is dry and has one goal: to be heard from Donald Trump. According to the “Welt am Sonntag”, the Sunday edition of “Die Welt”, the US president has proposed $1 billion to a private German laboratory in order to have the exclusivity, for the United States, of the coronavirus vaccine on which he is working. “It was a good decision” to refuse, he said. CureVac, which is based in Tubingen, also has an office in Boston, but remains a German company: “When it concerns important infrastructure and national and European interests, we will act if necessary,” Altmaier said. Christof Hettich, the boss of CureVac’s main investor, confirmed to “Mannheimer Morgen”: “We want to develop a vaccine for the whole world, not for individual states.”
According to the New York Times, the proposal was made in early March after a meeting at the White House attended by Daniel Menichella, the director of CureVac, who said he thought he was “capable of developing a strong vaccine candidate in the months.” The American, the daily says, left his post two days later, without specifying the reason for his departure. CureVac “clearly rejects claims about the sale of the company or its technology” and the White House assures that the information is “exaggerated” but the minister’s confirmation has something to question.
“Relax,” Trump assures
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Donald Trump has been accused of downplaying the severity of coronavirus as his administration tries to catch up with the backlog of infections in the United States. Inadequate testing, limited access to the health care system and misinformation are all obstacles to an effective response in this country, which has more than 3,100 cases in 49 states. Despite the mobilization of experts and the involvement of Mike Pence, vice president in charge of coordinating his administration’s action, Donald Trump continues to send an ambiguous message: “Relax. Just relax. Relax, we’re doing the right thing. It’s going to pass,” he said at a press briefing on Sunday. The White House doctor confirmed Saturday that he is not carrying the virus, although he has been in contact with several people who have since tested positive and continues to shake hands in public, going against health recommendations.
In the country, some states are organizing themselves without waiting for Washington’s directives. In California, which has 335 cases and six deaths, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for isolation for people over 65, calling for bars to be closed and restaurant attendance limits. In New York, schools will close and restaurants will no longer be allowed to receive from the public, only to continue delivery and takeaway sales. The Senate is scheduled to vote on Monday on the law passed, with the approval of the White House, by the House of Representatives on Saturday, providing “free screening for anyone who needs to be tested, including those who have no insurance,” as well as a ruling “emergency” illness, with “two weeks of leave and up to three months off for family or medical reasons.”