Hoffenheim Owner Dietmar Hopp Claims that a Coronavirus Vaccine is in Development

Published 03/16/2020, 3:51 PM EDT


Recently, Hoffenheim FC owner Dietmar Hopp claimed that a coronavirus vaccine could be on the horizon. According to him, human trials have been green lit for the coming months.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The 79-year-old owns a 96 per cent stake in Hoffenheim. His influence has guided the team to become Bundesliga regulars. In addition to his football endeavours, Hopp has invested in the biopharmaceutical company CureVac. Apparently, the company racing to work on a vaccine to combat the rampant spread of Covid-19.

According to the Hoffenheim chief, CureVac has been trying to combat the crisis since the year began. Now, he believes that the company is close to a breakthrough.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Speaking to Sport1, Hopp said: “That depends on the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (the german institute for vaccines). It has to be tested first with animals and then with human beings. But I think it could be available in autumn at the time when possibly the next wave of infections will come.”

Dietmar Hopp

Can the Hoffenheim owner be the world’s godsend?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Hoffenheim owner refuted reports of US president Donald Trump gunning for German scientists working on the immunisation. He also insisted that the vaccine will be available for everyone and not privatised.

Coming to the football action, all league have been suspended due to the coronavirus. Now, UEFA officials will convene soon to debate on the next step. Namely, how to move forward with the current season for the various leagues. Some suggestions revealed that the Euro 2020 may be pushed back by a year. The idea is to allow clubs to complete their schedules and not put a strain on them.

Admittedly, Hopp has thrown his support behind such a notion. He is of the opinion that the Champions League may benefit in the long run. This is especially considering that the Club World Cup may also be called off this year.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As a parting thought, he said, “This tournament [Euro 2020] has to be cancelled, it could be played next year. This would have the advantage that the Club World Cup could not be played. That tournament (the Club World Cup) is not advisable anyway.”

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Dhruv George

11650 articles

Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT