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When I saw this story originally in the Wall Street Journal last week, it just made me gasp, then shake my head in exasperation.
The American Government, in the institution of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, has been providing funds to French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, in their attempts to come up with a vaccine for the Wuhan Coronavirus. Because of that funding, the company said that the U.S. would be in line to receive the first batches of the vaccine whenever it is deemed ready for the public.
CEO Paul Hudson previously said the US “has the right” to get the vaccine first should the drug prove effective because the country had contributed the most to Sanofi’s vaccine project.
When the French Government heard that, they reacted with predictable outrage.
Sanofi officials were summoned to a conference with the French Prime Minister and President Emmanuel Macron and were told in no uncertain terms, that any vaccine would be a “public good, for the benefit of all”, and that they would not be allowed to give any country priority, regardless of where their funding came from.
The company caved and retracted its statement of priority.
Why, oh why, would the U.S. Government fund research by a foreign company, when they can predict that the results of that research will be essentially confiscated by the socialist elements of the EU?Published in