More like if anybody can do this its ALL of us.
It was only a few weeks ago that I learned about patents blocking an all hands on deck response and was shocked. If we can't ALL join together to eliminate COVID19 from the earth now then when?
April 27, 2020 Oxford group was way ahead in the quest for a COVID vaccine, here is the way they were thinking and how they were moving forward, what the hell happened? We were so close to the ideals of open source of collaborating and cooperation. For me its literally heart breaking.
As the pandemic exploded, grant money poured in. All other vaccines were soon put into the freezer so that the institute’s laboratory could focus full-time on Covid-19. Then the lockdown forced everyone not working on Covid-19 to stay home altogether.
“The whole world doesn’t usually stand up and say, ‘How can we help? Do you want some money?’” Professor Hill said.
“Vaccines are good for pandemics,” he added, “and pandemics are good for vaccines.”
Other scientists involved in the project are working with a half dozen drug manufacturing companies across Europe and Asia to prepare to churn out billions of doses as quickly as possible if the vaccine is approved. None have been granted exclusive marketing rights, and one is the giant Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest supplier of vaccines.
Donors are currently spending tens of millions of dollars to start the manufacturing process at facilities in Britain and the Netherlands even before the vaccine is proven to work, said Sandy Douglas, 37, a doctor at Oxford overseeing vaccine production.
“There is no alternative,” he said.
But the team has not yet reached an agreement with a North American manufacturer, in part because the major pharmaceutical companies there typically demand exclusive worldwide rights before investing in a potential medicine.
“I personally don’t believe that in a time of pandemic there should be exclusive licenses,” Professor Hill said. “So we are asking a lot of them. Nobody is going to make a lot of money off this.”
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