Elon Musk discusses vaccine project, Tesla car plant with German politicians

Tesla is helping to build mobile molecule printers to make a potential Covid-19 vaccine under development by CureVac.Elon Musk is also taking a close
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Elon Musk presents an RNA printer, essentially a vaccine production device, on the sidelines of a meeting with the leadership of the conservative CDU/CSU parliamentary group in Berlin. (REUTERS)
Elon Musk presents an RNA printer, essentially a vaccine production device, on the sidelines of a meeting with the leadership of the conservative CDU/CSU parliamentary group in Berlin.

Tesla Inc's CEO Elon Musk met with three German ministers and other senior politicians on Wednesday to discuss the progress of a collaboration between the car maker and a German biotech company and a planned electric vehicle factory.

Ralph Brinkhaus, leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU conservative parliamentary bloc, said Musk was satisfied with the progress of Tesla's alliance with vaccine developer CureVac.

On the sidelines of a conference of the parliamentary bloc in Berlin, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur also met economy minister Peter Altmaier, health minister Jens Spahn and research minister Anja Karliczek, but not Merkel.

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Tesla is helping to build mobile molecule printers to make the potential Covid-19 vaccine under development by CureVac.

Last November, the US electric carmaker announced plans to build a Gigafactory in Gruenheide in the eastern state of Brandenburg that surrounds Berlin.

Musk checked on the progress of that project, meeting earlier with Brandenburg state premier Dietmar Woidke.

"It was a very pleasant and focused conversation. Elon Musk is familiar with all the details of the Gruenheide Gigafactory," Woidke said in a statement.

First Published Date: 03 Sep 2020, 08:05 AM IST
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