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Covid-19: Germany is not for Sale

Covid-19: Germany is not for Sale

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On Sunday 15th March, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag  reported that the U.S. had offered CureVac, a private firm based in Tuebingen, a billion dollars for exclusive rights to a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine that it is developing in Germany.

“Germany is not for sale,” German economy minister Peter Altmaier told broadcaster ARD, while reacting to a front-page report in Welt am Sonntag newspaper headlined “Trump vs Berlin."

"German researchers are leaders in the development of medicines and vaccines, in global collaborations. We cannot allow others to exclusively acquire their research results," Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "We will only defeat this virus together, not against each other," Maas asserted.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn, however, assured that CureVac would only develop a COVID-19 vaccine “for the whole world, not for individual countries.”

Although Europe has fallen into the epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the dispute between Germany and the United States has increased with Berlin claiming that rights to recent research on coronavirus vaccines are not for sale to President Donald Trump, accusing him of monopolizing the access to the vaccine.

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