.@hiattf's editorial in @washingtonpost on #COVID19 vaccine access is odious, misinformed. Worst of all it's lazy. Why do your own research when you can recycle industry talking points? "Democracy dies in darkness," well so will millions w/o a vaccine. Thanks Fred.
Fred is also not a student of history. EVERY time one pushes back on industry they pull out the goose-that-laid-the-golden-egg meme. They did it 20 years ago with AIDS drugs, saying letting India make generics would kill innovation. Industry thrived. Did just fine. 2/
(We can also go back 50+ years to Kefauver-Harris when industry said more regulation would kill innovation, and industry flourished but I digress). 3/
Fred also doesn't notice that the business-as-usual approach is suiting industry fine. COVAX can barely supply 20% of need in poorer countries this year. Some companies won't even consider applying for reg approval in some poorer nations. 4/
And dear Fred. Some of the patents on these vaccines are owned by us. The American people, through NIH, but hey why let some facts stand in your way? 5/
Want to produce more lipids for mRNA vaccines? Well, I am sure companies in the global South could do this, export and help even the originator companies scale-up. But guess what Fred? These are under patent. TRIPS waiver could help that. 6/
And guess, what Fred? The dangers of letting poor countries make medical products has been a trope of industry for a while. They did it with AIDS. Hell, they even warned grannies not to go to Canada to get cheaper drugs. Not one iota of reflection in this editorial. 7/
We need massive scale-up of vaccines now. This means a Manhattan Project, a vast re-tooling of global capacity to get this done. But Fred says, hey, COVAX needs 20M doses over next few months. 20M, oh Fred. 8/
The point is you really didn't care when you wrote this. Didn't dig at all into the old canards that have been recycled through the years by industry. 9/
At least the editorial board of your sister publication in NYC did its homework. You, you get an F. You should be ashamed of yourself. end/

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