Polio kills or paralyzes hundreds of thousands of children every year. To global acclaim, in 1953 the American virologist Jonas Salk announced that hi

Creator of patent-free Covid-19 vaccine: ‘Multinationals should be more altruistic when calculating their profits’

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2022-01-13 01:00:09

Polio kills or paralyzes hundreds of thousands of children every year. To global acclaim, in 1953 the American virologist Jonas Salk announced that his team had succeeded in creating the first vaccine against the disease. Asked on television who the owner of the patent was, Salk responded with one of the most famous phrases in the history of science: “Well, the people I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been a very different story. The revenue of US multinational pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna, as well as Germany’s BioNTech, derived from Covid-19 vaccine sales is estimated at €62 billion ($70.2 billion), according to calculations by Spanish business and finance newspaper Cinco Días.

The microbiologist María Elena Bottazzi, by contrast, proposes a return to Salk’s philosophy. Her team has developed a new Covid-19 vaccine and is offering it to the people, patent-free. India has already granted it emergency use authorization.

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