A vaccine developed in part by pharmaceutical giant Moderna has shown “promising interim results.”
But Moderna did not develop this vaccine by itself. At every step of the way, this vaccine has been developed in partnership with the federal government’s National Institutes of Health. Federal scientists helped invent it and taxpayers funded its development.
If it proves safe and effective, it should belong to all of humanity. But limited supply could keep this vaccine out of reach for billions of people worldwide, extending their suffering for years.
The coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health is a public good. If it proves safe and effective, it must be made available to everyone, everywhere. And the U.S. must help scale up global manufacturing to avoid medical rationing that could become a form of global vaccine apartheid.
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