Coronavirus Update: US To Begin Mass Vaccinations After Pfizer’s Historic Emergency Authorization
Plus: India To Examine Healthcare Access
The first vaccinations are due to begin in the US, with the government extending its agreement with Moderna to bolster its vaccines supplies.
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US government may add provisions to future agreements to ensure its inventorship rights and make terms more favorable to the public. Lawyers say it will be difficult for Moderna to exclude NIH as co-inventor. But NIH lost a similar battle over AZT patents.
Development of vaccines usually takes years, but drug makers whittled the process down to a matter of months amid a concerted response to a global health threat.
The FDA granted emergency authorization for Moderna's mRNA-1273 following a 17 December advisory committee vote in its favor. There have also been more supply deals and approvals in Asia.