Don’t Let Life Sciences Innovation Become Another Coronavirus Casualty

Stephen Ezell Philip Stevens April 18, 2020
April 18, 2020

With two-thirds of the world in lockdown and no clear way out of the novel coronavirus crisis, it’s increasingly obvious that biopharmaceutical innovation will play a pivotal role. A new treatment that can mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19, and ultimately a preventative vaccine, could, literally, save the world.

But as Stephen Ezell and Philip Stevens write in IPWatchdog, such life-saving technology is less likely to be forthcoming if, in their panic, governments sacrifice intellectual property (IP) rights for new COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines.