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Discussion Thread: Pandemic Patents

Discussion Thread: Pandemic Patents

Post a thread of at least 600 words (content, not including references). analysis must be supported with a minimum of 2 scholarly sources other than the course textbook and provided materials. Each source must be cited in current APA format. Each thread and each reply must include both full citations in a reference list at the end of each post, and short-form in-text citations.

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A well-developed, complete worldview analysis of the situation requires more than simply adding a Bible verse at the end of the post. Each thread and each reply must include at least 1 verse from Scripture, quoted and applied as an integral part of the discussion of the applicable issues in the context of a Biblical worldview.

For this discussion:

The companies that developed the vaccines and treatments in the covid pandemic provide very real-life, real-time examples of the questions of protecting patents as business assets while answering social responsibility concerns.

As the CEO of one of these companies, how would you respond to calls to share your company’s IP and under what circumstances? How would a Biblical worldview influence your decisions?

Consider, for example, the various approaches reported in the following:

D’Eminio, F. (2021, October 11). Moderna has no plans to share its COVID-19 vaccine recipe. AP. https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-technology-business-united-nations-europe-d4aff7ddb273194b312354a57c244ce6Links to an external site.

Taylor, A. & Parker, C. (2021, October 27). U.S. drug company Merck to share license for experimental covid-19 treatment with nonprofit. Washington Post.
https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A680335867/GBIB?u=vic_liberty&sid=bookmark-GBIB&xid=fc01b6d2Links to an external site. 

Furlong, A. (2022, March 8). Moderna to share vaccine tech, commits to never enforce covid-19 jab patents. Politico. https://www.politico.eu/article/moderna-share-vaccine-tech-never-enforce-covid19-patents/