Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
WHY DOES AMERICA WANT TO TAKE THE FUTURE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE AND NOT SHARE IT WITH EUROPE? ARE WE NOT ALLIES?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
All we know now is that a report to this effect exists:
Covid-19: Trump allegedly wanted exclusive rights to vaccine, Germany trying to intervene
“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”.”
I found this gem in a German magazine (my translation):
USA wollen deutsche Coronavirus-Impfstoff-Firma übernehmen
Previously, the “Welt am Sonntag” reported without mentioning sources that the federal government was trying to keep the company in Germany with financial offers. The US government is interested in an exclusive use of the vaccine for the United States.
ORIGINAL: Zuvor hatte die “Welt am Sonntag” ohne Nennung von Quellen berichtet, die Bundesregierung versuche das Unternehmen mit finanziellen Angeboten in Deutschland zu halten. Die US-Regierung sei an einer exklusiven Nutzung des Impfstoffes für die USA interessiert.
To be fair, there may be a misunderstanding here, but if Trump is attempting to use the vaccine ONLY in the US and keep it away from the rest of the world, then that sounds a lot like a crime against humanity. And after Trump’s naked attempt to cause great harm to the Russian economy and force Germany to buy high-priced US LNG by shutting down the Nord Stream 2 project that was almost completed, can anyone honestly say this report is uncharacteristic of Donald Trump?
If true, it would also support the theory, expressed in Russia and China (but almost completely suppressed in the West), that the US may have been at the origin of the COVID19 release in the first place. I am not opining on that theory, just saying that if the German report above is accurate, the US position sounds Kafkaesque and a country that would callously deny the world the use of a vaccine that could save millions of lives is capable of anything. This would be predatory capitalism taken to the utmost limits of depravity.
Let’s hope the report of Trump demanding exclusive use in the US is somehow inaccurate, although it has been published in many German media outlets.
Whether true or not, the report will have permanent repercussions on the relations between the US and Europe — as well as the rest of the world. Who will ever trust America again?