Dr. Angela Rasmussen
Wed Apr 07
Excessively direct virologist. Affiliate @georgetown_ghss. Soon @VIDOInterVac. Emerging virus host responses. 1X Jeopardy! loser. Rep: @anniescranton. she/her
You’re telling me that the US government is contractually obligated to hoard vaccines because we are powerless to renegotiate said contracts that gave manufacturers billions of dollars in taxpayer money during a global public health emergency? 🤔
Reporting on this terrible pandemic for Nature @naturenews and former fellow @KSJatMIT. Views are my own. She/her. Email: amy.maxmen at us.nature. com.
“Contracts the Trump administration signed with the vaccine manufacturers prohibit the U.S. from sharing its surplus doses with the rest of the world.”
SMH. By @KatherineEban vanityfair.com/news/2021/04/w…
"Vanity Fair has learned that the administration is quietly considering plans to have the US serve as a major manufacturer of affordable, high-quality COVID vaccines for the entire world"
Good potential news, but I hope it's 1st step to global production
Epidemiologist & Health Economist. Health Policy & Justice. Senior Fellow, FAS. Former 16 yrs @Harvard. @JohnsHopkins & @HarvardEPI alum. COVID updates Jan’20-
📍NEW—We now know why US cannot share its #COVID19 vaccines with the world—Trump WH had forced legal contracts that blocks US doses by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, J&J from being donated. Hence 🇨🇦&🇲🇽 only got “loans”, despite >45 mil dose US surplus. 🧵
2) “The contracts the Trump administration signed with the vaccine manufacturers prohibit the U.S. from sharing its surplus doses with the rest of the world. According to contract language VF has obtained, the agreements with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, & Janssen state:
4) “The clauses in question are designed to ensure that the manufacturers retain liability protection, but they have had the effect of projecting the Trump administration’s America First agenda into the Biden era.
5) ““That is what has completely and totally prohibited the U.S. from donating or reselling, because it would be in breach of contract. It is a complete and total ban. Those legal parameters must change before we do anything to help the rest of the world.”
6) “In a statement to Vanity Fair, a Defense Department spokesperson acknowledged the contract restrictions, saying: “DoD did attempt to negotiate terms that would allow the use of vaccine doses outside the U.S., but in some cases, the vaccine manufacturers refused.”
8) “The impasse is especially frustrating because the Biden team’s global ambitions go beyond donating money or surplus vaccines. [Biden WH] is quietly considering plans to have the U.S. serve as a major manufacturer of affordable, high-quality COVID vaccines for the entire world
9) “The effort began in plain sight on March 2, when the administration announced that, under the Defense Production Act, Merck would repurpose two of its U.S. manufacturing plants to begin producing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
10) “The partnership, pairing two traditional rivals, could yield as many as one billion doses a year.
The immediate goal was to “vastly increase” America’s supply, but the extra doses could also be used to supply the world, said a senior Biden official:
12) My take—what I’m reading here is—the new additional doses added via DPA production by the Biden WH likely aren’t restricted by the Trump WH’s ban on overseas use. (Hence maybe it’s faster way than renegotiating contracts). But those new batch of doses are likely coming later.
13) so was Trump WH at fault? Yes, says experts. “Experts say the Trump administration—which, after all, was in the position of doling out billions of dollars in development funds—was not required by any law to roll over for the vaccine makers.”... pic.twitter.com/peuYANTpxK
The U.S. can’t donate vaccine to other countries because of a contract clause.
“DoD did attempt to negotiate terms that would allow the use of vaccine doses outside the U.S., but in some cases, the vaccine manufacturers refused.”
By @KatherineEban. vanityfair.com/news/2021/04/w…