Thursday, May 06, 2021

IPR and Innovation 49, Planned compulsory licensing on Covid vax

I just noticed there are many efforts to kill intellectual property rights (IPR) like the proposed compulsory licensing (CL) on patent of new vaccines vs Covid. See these for instance:

1. Calls for Compulsory Licensing and IP Waivers of COVID-19 Vaccines Ignore Technical Complexities 
By Joanna T. Brougher, Esq., MPH & Andrew Kingsbury  March 30, 2021

2. Compulsory licensing and Covid-19 vaccines: when fake news spoil the public debate
Matthieu Dhenne (Ipsilon)/April 14, 2021 

3. Free licensing of vaccines to end the COVID-19 crisis
Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Rosa Jahn, David Stuckler, Martin McKee
Published:March 18, 2021 DOI:

4. U.S. Vaccine Patent Surprise Roils Pharma as WTO Debate Heats Up 
By Jenny Leonard, Eric Martin, and Viktoria Dendrinou
May 6, 2021, 2:57 AM GMT+8

5. EU May Join US In Backing Proposal To Waive COVID Vaccine Patents 
Tyler Durden  THURSDAY, MAY 06, 2021 - 07:00 AM

6. ANALYSIS: In a decision on COVID-19 vaccine patents, Joe Biden chose humanity 
By Stephen Collinson  May 6, 2021 11:08:42 AM

With vax vax vax pushing, there was love affair among Pfizer, AZ, Moderna, JnJ, etc. and WHO, Biden, Fauci, etc. Now with IPR-busting policy like CL of these newly-invented vax, it will be Pfizer, AZ, Moderna, etc. versus WHO, Biden, Fauci, etc. (this meme from

This should be a big fight, Big pharma vs Big government, Big UN/WHO. I will watch with popcorn and whiskey :-)

CNN has joined the ideological attacks on IPR with its cute headline "Joe Biden chose humanity." Fine. But will CNN also pressure China to have CL for their Sinovac so that "Xi Jinping chose humanity"? If No, then CNN further shows its partly (not entirely) becomes the China News Network.

If Biden and WHO will double down on CL for all western vax, CNN, NYT, etc will echo their position. But will these Big media be silent on CL for Sinovac, Sinopharm?

One may ask, who wants CL for Sinovac anyway?

Good question. If they have to be consistent, they must call for CL for Sinovac. But all leftists are inconsistent, they favor one and attack another one.

Now vax-pushing WHO praises China's Sinovac.

Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine effective but some data lacking – WHO 
Reuters, MAY 6, 2021 11:25 AM PHT

Will WHO also call for CL of Sinovac since it's "effective" anyway? Or like CNN, WHO will only threaten western vax with CL but spare Sinovac from their IPR attacks? If Yes, then WHO somehow confirms that it's partly a Wuhan Health Organization.

The free market think tank Geneva Network has a sane and rational view on IPR.

IP rights are the key to Covid-19 vaccines 
Prof. Mark Schultz  February 3, 2021

Meanwhile, suspicious moves by Pfizer. 

1. Pfizer CEO: Third vaccine dose ‘likely’ needed within 12 months
Researchers currently do not know how long vaccines provide protection against the coronavirus.
16 Apr 2021

2. FDA says Pfizer likely to apply for EUA extension of COVID-19 jabs for Filipinos aged 12 to 15
By: Cathrine Gonzales / 09:37 AM May 04, 2021

NYT noticed Pfizer profit, this story could be a precursor for NYT joining the CL attacks. 

Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine
The company said its vaccine generated $3.5 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year.
By Rebecca Robbins and Peter S. Goodman  May 4, 2021  Updated 9:26 a.m. ET

See also:
IPR and Innovation 46, IP rules and Covid-19, April 17, 2020 
IPR and Innovation 47, Our Joint Declaration on WHA, May 18, May 21, 2020 
IPR and Innovation 48, More medicine access via lower taxes and bureaucracies, November 08, 2020.

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