Germany says virus vaccine research not for sale

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Berlin: German Foreign Minister said Monday that the rights to investigate the coronavirus vaccine are not for sale, following previous reports that Donald Trump wants the United States to buy exclusive rights to use a potential vaccine that is developed by a German biotechnology company.

The comments in an interview with media organization Funke came at a time when scientists were racing to develop a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus, which had killed about 6,000 people, blocked millions, and disrupted world markets.

“German researchers play a leading role in drug and vaccine development and we cannot allow others to seek exclusive results,” Heiko Maas told Funke.

Citing sources close to the German government, Die Welt newspaper had previously reported that Trump had offered “a billion dollars” to secure research into a vaccine by German biotech firm CureVac “only for the United States”.

“Germany is not for sale,” economy minister Peter Altmaier told broadcaster ARDon Sunday, reacting to the report. At a news conference, interior minister Horst Seehofer was asked to confirm the attempts to court the German company.

“I can only say that I have heard several times today from government officials today that this is the case, and we will be discussing it in the crisis committee tomorrow,” he said.

CureVac said in a statement Sunday that it “abstains from commenting on speculations and rejects allegations about offers for acquisition of the company or its technology”.

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