Critics argued that throwing open Covid-19 vaccine data would give away trade secrets of US firms like Pfizer and Moderna, establish a precedent and act as a disincentive for companies to chase cures and vaccines in other pandemics. Moreover, they said, the move wouldn’t even speed up the immediate flow of vaccines to a desperate globe, due to the complexity of the manufacturing process.
Inside the White House, Biden had heard from officials on each side of the argument — the kind of classic dilemma that reaches the desk of the President because no one else has been able solve it. His position was especially delicate since he had promised to share vaccine technology with other countries during his campaign, and he is already being accused of not doing enough to help poor nations get quick access to vaccine stocks.
It was a moment for leadership, and not just because of the terrible human toll of the pandemic abroad. Ultimately, making vaccines more available will benefit Americans, since nobody is safe from Covid until everyone is.
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Donald Trump doesn’t even need to friend anyone on Facebook.
If anything, the deplatformed ex-President, who spends his days plotting and granting audiences to genuflecting Republicans at his Florida resort, has more control over his party now than he did when he was in the Oval Office.