I strongly support the closing statement
"it is a good time to brush up on potential for the Biden Administration to use the Defense Production Act to loosen up access to manufacturing know-how and access to working cell lines, and ask the WHO what are its procedures are for evaluating quality of generic/biosimilar vaccines".
IMO the moment of most effect has passed but there may be some salvation in the current actions if they don't drag out too long.
IMO this whole TRIPS thing would have been almost irrelevant if the US had used the marching rights in the Bayh-Dole Act and the War time powers to give the Moderna vaccine to the world as a gift. And then kept up with the Warp Drive mentality in helping the world in anyway it could to manufacture as much of that vaccine as is humanly possible.
Three reasons to share the vaccine
1) Morals - its the right thing to do
2) Self interest - Stop the variants, We go together or not at all.
3) Political - Vaccine diplomacy on the most grand of scales. No other nation could touch the value of the gift, the US would be the saviors of the world.
That is what real leadership does, it leads no matter how much flack it gets from the established mindset.
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