By Sissi Cao
The Biden administration is being pressured by progressive lawmakers and public health advocates to temporarily lift vaccine patent protections so that vaccine recipes can be shared with the world. As COVID-19 cases and deaths skyrocket in India and other underdeveloped countries in recent days, the topic becomes more urgent than ever. However, Bill Gates, one of the most prominent figures advocating for mass vaccination, doesn’t think it’s a good idea.
In an interview with Britain’s Sky News this week, the billionaire philanthropist was asked if he thought it would be helpful to lift intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines. To many people’s surprise, his answer was no.