Germany Balks at Biden Admin's Push for Waiver of Patent Protections for COVID Vaccines

Do you support or oppose waiving intellectual property protections for COVID vaccines?

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    J
    05/26/2021

    This is how globally we move forward. Personally, life saving treatment and medicine shouldn't be alloe to be sold for profit or protected by patents

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    Casey
    05/11/2021

    This will just dissuades companies from working on vaccines in the future

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    Lawrence
    05/10/2021

    Doesn't China do this

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    Kevinmshea
    05/10/2021

    As your #NY01 constituent, Kevin M. Shea at 1489 Sound avenue, Calverton, NY 11933, I support waiving intellectual property protections for COVID vaccines

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    Linda
    05/10/2021

    Try to stay focused on the real facts. Pharma gets billions of tax dollars for research and development. They are getting reimbursed for the vaccines being sent out. They caused the drug crisis, which we've now pretty much forgotten about, that has killed hundreds and hundreds of people with absolutely no consequences for their false advertising and their outright lying to physicians and others. They destroyed the pain management industry in this country with that little stunt. They all belong in prison to begin with, but we have allowed them to continue and now it's their "right" to patent the vaccine. It's my right to see them punished for the drug crisis, but you don't see that happening, do ya?

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    justiceforamerica
    05/10/2021

    Of COURSE.. Why the heck give up our research to other countries. Democrats continue to amaze everyone. Germany, as left as Merkel is - said no! How ridiculous...

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    Kathleen
    05/10/2021

    I have no sympathy for the multi-billion dollar Big Pharma industry. It's about time they received some karma for their dangerous drugs and vaccines that have murdered countless millions of people. https://birthofanewearthblog.com/covid-vaccine-injuries-and-deaths/

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    Sheila
    05/10/2021

    This is a GLOBAL pandemic. It is simply immoral that while millions of people are dying around the world, the wealthy nations are not concerned with saving lives by sharing the formulations for vaccines. Instead, they are most worried about 'intellectual property', i.e. the bottom line of obscenely wealthy big pharma.

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    Robin
    05/10/2021

    You have an idea. You research it, develop it, invest time, equipment, staff and money, test it, retest it, patent it, and find an avenue for distribution. It is your property, materially and intellectually. You’re willing to share the product and distribute it for the betterment of others but at the same time you need to begin to be reimbursed for all the costs incurred. In that way you can begin to develop the next product to improve more lives. And then along comes a potentate who chooses to take your product, without compensation, and give it away to others. How to squelch future discoveries in one fell swoop.

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    Robert
    05/09/2021

    Here are the latest figures since January 20th at noontime to present. Just 106 days Cases 8,138,950 new cases in last two days 124,417. Deaths 312,597 new deaths in last two days 2,249.

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    Ray
    05/09/2021

    This pandemic is a global problem and must be dealt with globally otherwise we will never be able to overcome it.

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    Bicycler
    05/08/2021

    Yes I support waiving the patent provisions for COVID vaccines. We are still in the middle of a pandemic and the world is the stage of this disease and if we don't help to get it under control worldwide then we will always be challenged by variants and not getting it under control. Our own vaccine hesitancy is troubling enough without being a leader to help the world get this pandemic under control. NoHedges: Yes I did work with Veterans for much of my early career in human services. As a fellow veteran I went through VA services very soon after my own discharge from the military in early 1977. I spent 9 years working with combat vets and fellow veterans and have always been partial towards veteran's treatment. Sadly, our veterans give much and, even though there are a lot of organizations trying to offer help, it is not enough. Our VA system is largely full of old run down hospitals that has far exceeded their 50+ year old institutions and there are not enough personnel to take care of veteran's issues. I was in at the tail end of Vietnam. Combat tours were one year in length unless you volunteered for additional tours in-country. Since the Gulf War one could be called up for multiple in-country tours and this has aided in feeling estranged from civilian life, loss of relationships upon reentry, substance misuse, criminality related to drug use, PTSD, homelessness, suicide, health issues, service connected disabilities, etc. If you ever watched; "Band of Brothers" at the end of each show they interviewed actual World War 2 combat veterans and these gentlemen would usually begin to cry all these years later. They came home and began a life of going back to work or beginning a career, raising a family and moving on with their lives. It took that many years for them to feel some of the trauma they experienced and the horror of war. My God what a kick in the teeth that was for me. I cried watching them cry. The horror of war! No shit! The problem with Vietnam was it was a whole different experience of returning home for many of these veterans. They fought in a war that got minimal support back home, they returned to a country that was ungrateful for their service as we were not in the battle for the world and preventing one mad man from taking it over to; "What in the hell are we doing over there and why." Plus spitting on these guys and calling them nasty names after serving the country was definitely not a kind way to reincorporate these veterans back home. At least we can mouth the words and thank a veteran today but I still maintain that we are falling far short of taking care of their issues of getting on with their lives as a returning veteran and helping them to resolve their trauma and any other presenting issues. They never cease to remind me of the line in Apocalypse Now; the Horror, the Horror!

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    Barbara
    05/08/2021

    If the world health is really so dire then there is only one vote possible. If however the vaccinations serve to immensely line the pockets of all involved then a ‘no’ vote is appropriate.

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    Kathleen
    05/08/2021

    It does matter to me, it's just part of the covid hoax so either way freedoms will be lost. https://www.henrymakow.com/2021/04/covid-passports-impose-chinese-communist.html?_ga=2.76132757.1871263858.1618241744-1499909449.1618241744

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    Sheila
    05/08/2021

    It sounds like the height of first world arrogance to whine about the sanctity of "intellectual property". The only way the world is going to combat this pandemic successfully is for the 'have' nations to share with the 'have not' nations.....up to AND including such intellectual property as the formulation and manufacture of vaccines. If half the world has no access to the Covid vaccine, then Covid will continue to mutate and those mutations will spread as quickly as the original virus did.

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    Ken
    05/08/2021

    Have the companies repaid the US for the billions we were forced to “invest” in?

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    Gorilla
    05/07/2021

    And stop saying young people don’t catch it or rarely die when they do that’s is absolutely false the virus is seeking an infecting the age group 18-22 yr old is up from 10% -20% of the 7 million infections 76% are under 65 an most of that 76% is aged 18-22 years of age so stop saying young ppl can’t get it that’s why there not taking it serious we have told them for over a year they won’t get it we fucked them cause now 18-22 yr olds there making up most of the infections bottom line is if your not healthy an a clean person your chance of infection are almost certain be clean eat food with nutrition for your body McDonalds taco hell BK Arby’s that’s all trash food it’s not even food there no nutrients in that food that’s not full of steroids an gmo’s gluten high fructose corn syrup all trash yet daily I see cars lined up around the block at all those places stop eating shit for food after you just took a shit without washing your hands would be a good place to start take vitamins test your blood sugar check your body’s ph level if your ph is acidic lower then 6 your more susceptible to infection as viruses an cancers live acidic environments alkaline righ they can’t thrive in this environment don’t buy Kroger brand water it’s garbage why it’s 1.99 for 24 bottles by avian it’s 8.99 for 6 bottles but there stated ph level is actually accurate an is one of 2 that are actually alkaline rich ph above 6.5 peoples un sanitary hygiene an what people eat are the 1st issues your inviting infection by not being clean an eating that trash for food I’ve have been around 3 confirmed cases of Covid standing shoulder to shoulder for 3 days with one guy b4 he found he had it an I have yet to contract it but 2 of my other co workers contracted from the same guy I was working with also 3of4 got sick an this is my 3rd time not catching it an being in a room with no mask with the virus literally I truly believe it’s cause I’m very clean not a germphobia but clean an I’m healthy I eat healthy organic food no snacks or trash ever I drink 14 bottles of alkaline rich water with vitamins daily only reason I can see why I’ve never caught it an I never will I’m that confident I taunt Covid out loud still haven’t caught it take care of yourself an everyone else’s filth won’t effect you it’s start with each of us being clean an healthy USA needs to address the unhealthy habits of the masses they wanna ban menthol cigs but they should ban McDonald’s too cause there food is just as harmful as a menthol smoke

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    Alison
    05/06/2021

    This is not black and white issue. If I recall, Pfizer did not receive and public money to develop it’s vaccine, whereas J&J and Moderna did get USG money. While it seems appropriate that J&J and Moderna should very likely surrender some (all?) of their patent protection, that should not apply to Pfizer if it’s development did not use government funding. A different arrangement will need to be worked out for Pfizer

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    jimK
    05/06/2021

    UPDATED: It is the right thing to do in order to get the pandemic squelched world wide before more lethal variants develop somewhere else in the world. The strain that is ravaging India has already been found active in six US states. The poorer countries of the world are not expecting to receive any vaccines until mid 2024. This conditional release of patent rights associated with the manufacture of these vaccines will enable others to manufacture the vaccine so long as the US also expedites the production of needed raw materials as promised and provides the expertise and tricks of the trade that will allow others to safely manufacture and distribute the vaccines. There should be due compensation to the patent holding companies dependent upon the level of US funding that directly supported the development - but not the treasure chest that they may have expected. Perhaps the manufacturers can enter into limited partnerships with other manufacturers around the globe to expedite production and delivery to meet the same production capacity possible with the release of intellectual property and expertise. Maybe this will motivate the manufacturers to temporarily expand vaccine production worldwide in less profitable limited partnerships to squash the pandemic everywhere soon enough to stop hazardous new variants from forming while still holding onto their patents. … … … UPDATE: Just watched last night’s Racheal Maddow’s show where she highlighted as issue that arose from the mailed weaponized Anthrax attacks which were occurring shortly after 911 and with such frequency that there was a fear that these attacks were the beginning of an expanding and coordinated effort. They ordered 12 million doses of the only antibiotic for Anthrax which the patent holder said would take 20 months to deliver- which was too long of a delay to treat many people infected should there be expanded attacks. George W. moved to relax patent rights and gained bipartisan approval because many other manufacturers with appropriate expertise and experience said they could meet the demand and more in less than two months and lower costs if they were legally permitted to do so. It took that threat for Bayer (the patent holder) to suddenly find the capacity needed to manufacture the doses needed in the same time frame and at a reduced cost. They had to eat some potential profits but kept their patent rights and were not able to keep 12 million Americans at potential risk just so they could be more profitable. … … … This is the same problem here except it is much bigger because it effects the world’s population and the potential to end this pandemic early enough to stop the evolution of more lethal strains which might ‘outwit’ the current vaccines - and to do so before some new novel virus introduces the world to the next pandemic. It seems the solution for vaccine manufactures is the same as it was for Bayer - find ways to partner with others to get the vaccine manufactured and distributed world wide well before the current 2024 estimated time line. Lose some profits, but keep your patent rights - just like Bayer had to.

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    Linda
    05/07/2021

    They must be waved. If not we will never get this pandemic under control. There is to much travel to keep it contained. Plus millions of lives are at stake.