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Should Government Confiscate the Coronavirus Vaccine?

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Ben Bayer interviews special guest Adam Mossoff, intellectual property expert and professor of law at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, to discuss an alarming plan by lawmakers to bar research companies from patenting Covid-19 drugs, treatments and vaccines.

Addressing themes from Mossoff’s recently published article, Congress Plans to Steal the Coronavirus Vaccine, the two discuss:

  • How the proposed plan would impact the development of therapeutics for Covid-19;
  • How the plan’s proponents rely on the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 — and misinterpret its purpose and meaning;
  • Whether the current pandemic is an emergency that justifies expropriating patents;
  • Why enforcing drug patents, and property rights in general, is essential to creating and sustaining the benefits of medicine and the standard of living that we enjoy today;
  • And much more.

Watch or listen to the discussion below.

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Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid, LL.B. and LL.M., is a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.

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