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Moderna Sues Pfizer, Claiming COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Rights

HeadlineAug 30, 2022

Moderna has sued Pfizer, claiming the company illegally used mRNA technology patented by Moderna to develop its COVID-19 vaccine. The two companies have made record profits off the vaccine. Pfizer has projected $32 billion in COVID vaccine sales this year, while Moderna is forecasting at least $19 billion in sales. Tim Bierley of the group Global Justice Now said in response to Moderna’s lawsuit, “It’s grotesque but unsurprising to see pharma fighting among themselves over who has the right to profiteer the most from the pandemic.” Many public health campaigners have argued the vaccines should be publicly owned since billions of dollars in public funding helped develop them.

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