German Minister of Economy Peter Altmire sent a letter to the United States of America against the background of the dispute that had arisen between them over the property rights of a drug for treatment of coronavirus.
“Germany is not for sale,” Altmire, close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said in an English-language message today, Monday, during a panel discussion hosted by prominent German journalist Gabor Steingart.
On Sunday, the newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported, quoting government sources in Berlin, that America had offered the private company CureFac, located in the city of Tübingen, 30 kilometers south of Stuttgart, a billion dollars to obtain the exclusive rights to a property that is currently being developed.
“We know this company and are communicating with it,” Altmire said.
A number of German ministers were quick to comment on this report.
“The German researchers are pioneers in the development of drugs and drugs,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
We cannot allow others to obtain the results of their research exclusively.
“We will be able to defeat this virus together, not against each other.”
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that this issue will be discussed during a meeting on the Corona virus crisis in Berlin today.