Essential thread by Holger Hestermeyer on Trump’s failed attempt to put America first in acquiring a Coronavirus vaccine exclusively for the United States.


First published in March 2020.

Trump’s attempt to take over Curevac, a company developing a Coronavirus vaccine, to procure the vaccine exclusively for the United States seems to have failed.

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Trump kassiert Korb im Kampf um Impfstoffhersteller. / Frankfurter Allgemeine

The reason? For years the companies only investor – and still 80% owner – is Dietmar Hopp. Hopp was a co-founder of SAP.

Or to put it bluntly: he’s not after the money.

His words: “If we manage to find a vaccine, this is not just for a region. We want to help people in the whole world!

But there’s more to the story: behind Curevac you will find one of the coolest initiatives ever: the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

CEPI is a public private partnership to develop vaccines. Because IP incentives such as patents did not manage to get the trick done.

Curevac and CEPI contracted to specifically cooperate on a Coronavirus vaccine with CEPI providing funding (an amount that now looks ridiculous).

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CureVac and CEPI extend their Cooperation to Develop a Vaccine against Coronavirus nCoV-2019. / Curevac

I do not have access to the contracts involved, but I assume – given the CEPI stakeholders – that they provide for adequate public access.

If, however, there is a fear that the contractual constructs used do not insure adequate worldwide public access to the vaccine (should you be successful) – dear Ingmar Hoerr – and you want some academic lawyers to help: Ready to do so and find the right people.

And just in case you were wondering: Moderna – that US company on the verge of finding a Coronavirus vaccine?

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Moderna’s Work on a Potential Vaccine Against COVID-19. / Moderna

Also CEPI funded.

Finally, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations just received another £20 million from the UK.

It also received €140 million from Germany.

As for CEPI’s financing:

Investors & Partners. / CEPI

Tweets posted on 15 March 2020 by @hhesterm.






[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 16 March 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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(Cover: Flickr/The White House/Shealah Craighead. - President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. | 14 Mar 2020. / Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)



     

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