BioNTech and Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine shows potential in human trial The drug is one of 17 being tested on humans in a frantic global race to find a vaccine the world is counting on to end a pandemic that has infected 10.5 million people and killed more than half a million so far. No COVID-19 vaccine has yet been approved for commercial use.
Pricing Covid-19 vaccines too high could backfire on big pharmaceutical companies A world without global intellectual property would be one of constant electronic warfare. State-backed hacking, such as China apparently tried with Moderna this week, would be a constant threat. Nor would companies enjoy a comfortable relationship with their own governments, who would see them less as engines of growth and more as storehouses of national wealth.
'Vaccine nationalism': Is it one country against other in the race for a Covid-19 shot? That's the fear of global health agencies planning a scheme to bulk-buy and equitably distribute vaccines around the world. They are watching with dismay as some wealthier countries have decided to go it alone, striking deals with drugmakers to secure millions of doses of promising candidates for their citizens.