President Donald Trump sunk to a new low this week by trying to offer a $1 billion bribe to a German company to develop a coronavirus vaccine exclusively for the United States.
As a result of his poor response to the outbreak, there are now nearly 4,000 cases in the United States and nearly 70 deaths, with far more cases likely going unconfirmed because of a lack of coronavirus testing. Trump’s response is so bad, in fact, that Americans are panicking and the economy has plunged, thus threatening his chances at re-election in November.
And so, Trump is desperately trying to pressure the Centers for Disease Control and Big Pharma companies into developing a vaccine, which is still 12-18 months away.
But a German company is apparently making swift progress on a vaccine, so Trump decided to offer the company a massive bribe to develop the vaccine here and only for the United States despite the need for a vaccine around the globe.
According to CNBC:
German government sources told Reuters on Sunday that the U.S. administration was looking into how it could gain access to a potential vaccine being developed by a German firm, CureVac.
Earlier, the Welt am Sonntag German newspaper reported that U.S. President Donald Trump had offered funds to lure CureVac to the United States, and the German government was making counter-offers to tempt it to stay.
Welt am Sonntag quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, “but only for the United States.”
Should the company succeed in developing the vaccine, it could offer it at low cost, which would not benefit Trump’s greed at all. In all likelihood, he wants to lure the company over here so that America’s for-profit pharmaceutical sector could price-gouge sick Americans and Trump could profit by investing in the company himself or see some other kind of return for using taxpayer dollars to buy the exclusive rights to the vaccine. It really is the kind of sinister scheme that one would see from a supervillain in a movie.
And Twitter users were outraged.
This report is true. German government is confirming it. This son of a bitch is more of a monster than I believed. And I considered trump the worst monster ever produced in america. https://t.co/u3Iq4iVpU3
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 15, 2020
Trump spends 3 yrs hammering Germany on defense spending, pipeline deals, trade, and commitment to JCPOA and now wants to buy a German firm to get a vaccine “just for the US?” Imagine how that’s playing out. Imagine how another president could try to work w/allies on the virus. https://t.co/se96MWOBth
— Julianne Smith (@Julie_C_Smith) March 15, 2020
Trump has offered big money to German medical company for exclusive access to a Covid-19 vaccine, German media report.
German government fighting off what it sees as aggressive takeover bid by the US.
Trump brain: MAGA by making other nations more vulnerable to coronavirus.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 15, 2020
This is depraved. The German government confirms that Trump apparently tried to bribe German scientists into giving him exclusive rights to the Covid-19 vaccine they were working on developing. He wanted it “for the US only.” How many new lows will he set for the United States? https://t.co/Qm7vFoArQT
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 15, 2020
The fact that the president of the United states tried to buy a German company working on a #coronavirus vaccine, not for humanity, but for exclusive rights to the United States, to get credit, personal credit for re-election is CRIMINAL. https://t.co/DZQoQmnTaT
— ALT-immigration ? (@ALT_uscis) March 16, 2020
Trump makes all decisions based on money and greed — this is atrocious! https://t.co/pm4Uri0i23
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) March 16, 2020
Now reports have emerged that Trump is trying to gain the rights to a potential vaccine being developed by a German firm, CureVac, “but only for the United States.” As if allowing non-Americans to just die is going to make him look like some hero at home?https://t.co/fTpOrZz3rh
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 15, 2020
IMPOTUS tried to buy the ‘exclusive rights’ to a COVID-19 cure from a German company.
He wasn’t looking for a chance to become a hero for saving America.
He hoped to make a fortune selling the drug to desperate Americans, & then ransom it to the world.https://t.co/ebBEQFnk7A
— Dr. David A. Lustig (@drdave1999) March 15, 2020
Now is not the time for greed and profit. The world needs this vaccine and it should be available at low or no cost to everyone. By interfering, Trump is only delaying the development of the vaccine and making the crisis worse.
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