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Pharmaceutical Firms won’t Lose out When Formulas are Shared, says Fauci

Pharmaceutical Firms will make billions of dollars, according to Anthony Fauci, even though smaller drug companies make generic versions of their drugs. Transferring the opportunity to make a COVID-19 vaccine to low- and middle-income nations, according to Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, is an essential aspect of ending the global pandemic.

The Biden administration has waived intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna. This helps drug makers in other countries to manufacture the vaccine without violating trade laws. Pharmaceutical Firms fought patent waivers, but former world leaders and the World Health Organization have urged the US to bring vaccines to people in less developed countries faster.

Fauci said, “I am very much in favor of protecting the capability of Pharmaceutical Firms to continue to make a good profit so they can continue to put what it takes to get newer drugs and newer interventions. But there comes a time when the emergent nature of a situation requires doing things that would allow less well developed nations to have access to these interventions. And in this case, that intervention is vaccines for COVID-19.”

Fauci believes that increasing vaccine access is the best way to avoid variants from mutating and being immune to vaccines. According to Fauci, the United States has been a pioneer in delivering HIV vaccines and AIDS care to developing countries. Since 2003, the immunologist claims that George W. Bush’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has saved 14 to 18 million lives in predominantly Southern Africa.

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