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Simon Lester

Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
April 8, 2020
Commentary

We Need a Coronavirus Vaccine. Patents Might Slow the Process.

The current system of drug production is based on the idea of patents, which are temporary monopolies over a particular process or product granted to inventors for a defined time period. But will this work in the age of Coronavirus?

National Interest (Online)
Blog

The Coronavirus Is Not a Good Argument for Protectionism

Every country needs to have a plan for ensuring that it can get medical equipment when it needs it. But it’s costly and risky to seek self‐​sufficiency in this production, and it’s better for everyone to maintain a cooperative international approach to making these products.