Moderna has no plans to share its COVID-19 vaccine recipe


October 12, 2021

Joao Silva, New York Times

FILE - A nurse carries out trials of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center in Masiphumelele, South Africa, Dec. 4, 2020. Moderna, whose coronavirus vaccine was developed with the financial and scientific support of the U.S. government, has been supplying its shots almost exclusively to wealthy nations, keeping poorer countries waiting and earning billions in profit.

ROME - Moderna has no plans to share the recipe for its COVID-19 vaccine because executives have concluded that scaling up the company's own production is the best way to increase the global supply, the company's chairman said Monday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Noubar Afeyan also reiterated a pledge Moderna made a year ago not to enforce patent infringement on anyone else making a coronavirus vaccine during the pandemic.

"We didn't have to do that," Afeyan said. "We think that was the right, responsible thing to do." He added: "We want that to be helping the world."


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