{"185223":{"id":"185223","parent":"182282","time":"1612478777","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/02\/04\/so-called-moderna-vaccine-publicly-funded-miracle\/","category":"Business","title":"The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"the-so-called-moderna-vaccine-is-a-publicly-funded-miracle","admin":"newsnet","views":"167","priority":"2","length":"3091","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EBy Alex LAWSON\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe so-called \"Moderna\" vaccine is a miracle of science. It is \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/go.ind.media\/e\/546932\/ine-frequently-asked-questions\/hv63fs\/773033721?h=YlS10bymhQNR-xI29d1Nwx8L1Igc7zBC3LtfpKr0um8\"\u003Enearly 100 percent\u003C\/a\u003E effective at preventing serious illness and death. By vaccinating the world, we can end the COVID-19 pandemic and save millions of lives.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe only problem? We don't have nearly enough doses. But there's a solution: If the Biden administration allowed generic manufacturers, not just Moderna, to manufacture the vaccine at scale, the United States would no longer suffer from a vaccine shortage.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis step is entirely appropriate, because the \"Moderna\" vaccine wasn't developed by Moderna. The research and development of the vaccine were \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/go.ind.media\/e\/546932\/vaccine-belongs-to-the-people-\/hv63fv\/773033721?h=YlS10bymhQNR-xI29d1Nwx8L1Igc7zBC3LtfpKr0um8\"\u003Epaid for\u003C\/a\u003E by our U.S. taxpayer dollars, to the tune of $2.5 billion. In fact, Dolly Parton put more money into the vaccine than the company it is named after when she donated $1 million to the effort.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis isn't Modern's vaccine. It is the people's vaccine, and it's time for the law to reflect that.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ECurrently, Moderna has a government-granted monopoly on the vaccine. That means that they are the only company allowed to manufacture it. The only reason there is a shortage of vaccines is that we allow this one company to create that shortage. It is a nonsensical and corrupt situation.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThat needs to change immediately.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThere's no need for the Biden administration to grant generic licensing on every vaccine, although legally they certainly could. Pfizer, and any other vaccines like Johnson & Johnson that ultimately get approved by the FDA, can keep their monopolies. But we need a public option, and that's the so-called Moderna vaccine that we funded with our public dollars.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EJust vaccinating everyone in the United States isn't good enough. Vaccinating the entire world is both a moral imperative and necessary to end the pandemic. There's no other way to produce vaccines at the scale we need.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBiden administration officials say that they are \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/go.ind.media\/e\/546932\/yen-status-1354475081733292033\/hv63fx\/773033721?h=YlS10bymhQNR-xI29d1Nwx8L1Igc7zBC3LtfpKr0um8\"\u003Eactively exploring\u003C\/a\u003E\" using the Defense Production Act to license the vaccine to generic manufacturers. That is encouraging, but with the new and more contagious COVID-19 variants quickly gaining steam, time is of the essence.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWe could face another global shutdown from a new vaccine-resistant variant of the virus unless we successfully arrest the pandemic with an effective vaccine today.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe government should never have granted Moderna a monopoly over our vaccine. The best time to license the people's vaccine to generic manufacturers was months ago. The second best time is right now.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.counterpunch.org\/2021\/02\/04\/the-so-called-moderna-vaccine-is-a-publicly-funded-miracle\"\u003Ecounterpunch.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2021\/02\/04\/so-called-moderna-vaccine-publicly-funded-miracle\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}