Oxford University was going to open source its vaccine, then the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stepped in and convinced them to sell exclusive rights to AstraZeneca. Now AstraZeneca is failing to deliver and poor countries are struggling to access vaccines.
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The AZ vaccine is the lowest priced of all in the west though, ~1/5 th the cost of Pfizer's f.e. I'd also like to see any evidence or clarification on how exactly the B&MGF "urged" Oxford into anything.

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That is a weakness in the article. However, they *did* pledge to open-source it. Then changed course. That's undeniable. So why.
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Think about it. Please do. Then you will have an answer.
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It's there in the article. Gates himself admitted to urging them to "find a large partner"
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But has this got to do with Professor Sarah Gilbert & her exceptional achievement. What about the UK govt financial contribution to the project. Why must we be told “a single convenient narrative”. Why is this made a personal B&M Gates issue.
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It’s cheaper but it’s traditionally priced for a non mRNA vaccine. It would be transparently ludicrous for them to be of similar pricing considering the storage needs for Pfizer etc
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Lowest priced in all of the West? So the “Western” model is unable to compete with the low cost achieved by the collaboration of “non-Western” countries? Sounds like a catastrophic failure with untold costs in human life and well-being.
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they ran into trouble with the FDA shortly after announcing they were making it open source - funnily enough that issue seemed to go away after they signed with the gates foundation
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It's an odd story that begins with a "shock horror" theme and doesn't mention the fact that AZ is making no profit during the pandemic until the end when it shifts into concern about profit it may make when the pandemic's over. Not really sure what point it's trying to make.
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