[Ip-health] Alan Story: A patented Covid-19 vaccine could price out millions | Green World

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Thu May 7 07:58:03 PDT 2020

Alan story has a long piece on the patents issues related to vaccines.  One
thing that sticks out is a telling quote from Dick Wilder at CEPI on the
issue of open licensing.  This is pretty significant, given the amount of
money from government and private donors to CEPI for vaccine development.



The Costa Rica proposal is “not effective and not necessary”, Richard
Wilder, general legal counsel of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness
Innovations (CEPI) told Green World last week in an exclusive interview.

Wilder, who is also CEPI’s director of business development, said
pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms and academic labs will refuse to
share their vaccine technologies and scientific processes and there is
“simply no time now” to do anything different than usual.

This then becomes a key question of the hour: is the need for a Covid-19
vaccine, its manufacture and its distribution now so great that “business
as usual”, as Ellen ‘t Hoen puts it, is a non-starter? And will governments
require patent holders to share?

James Love.  Knowledge Ecology International
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