Weird story in the news today about Trump allegedly trying to get German firm to either give US exclusive access to possible vaccine (Guardian: Trump offers ‘large sums’ for exclusive access to coronavirus vaccine), or to move its operations to US, presumably to achieve something similar (Reuters: Germany tries to stop U.S. from luring away firm seeking coronavirus vaccine). Sourcing is slightly hinky, but there’s enough smoke to suggest odds of a fire.
Of course, all this arises in the shadow of the total collapse of US contingency plans for an epidemic, not least the colossal failure of the four, very expensive ($670 million!) US government-sponsored plants that are supposed to be able to churn out vaccines. (Washington Post: Federal vaccine development sites ill-suited to counter covid-19 epidemic)
Somewhere Putin is chortling.