Glenn Beck Claims United States Government ‘Owns’ COVID-19 Vaccines

The files suggest the US government has hidden agendas in forcing the coronavirus immunizations. Does the government own the vaccine, the same administration that now mandates its use?

Fake news and misinformation are being challenged on Facebook’s news feed. Is it clear the state “owns the vaccine”? No.

However, as the New York Times published on Nov. 9, Moderna and the NIH have a long-standing debate over who produced the COVID-19 vaccine’s mRNA sequence; this might impact the ownership of significant patents connected to the vaccine.

Patent Claims

This vaccine has many patent claims. Public Citizen, an advocacy organization, urged the government to pursue its rights as an inventor. According to Public Citizen, Moderna omitted federal agencies from three patent claims and only credited them as co-inventors on one.

As per Mark L. Rohrbaugh, NIH’s senior adviser for technology transfer, the NIH neither controls nor co-owns the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna and NIH.

As the Times noted, the NIH believes three of its experts collaborated with Moderna and were instrumental in developing the Moderna vaccine. 

Moderna disagrees, claiming exclusive inventorship of the mRNA sequence, the vaccine’s main component, in a patent application filed with the USPTO in July.

So much money is on the line, as is a big say in global vaccine distribution. If the NIH experts were creators of the sequencing patent, the government might receive royalties and lease it to other vaccine makers besides Moderna.

The result could impact worldwide vaccine access. In 2020, NIH scientists worked with Moderna to develop and test the COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed mRNA-1273.

The partnership began with the goal of developing and testing mRNA vaccines against Nipah and MERS, a coronavirus related to SARS and SARS-CoV-2.

According to Beck’s video, the NIAID and Moderna reached an agreement in 2015. The NIH says there was an agreement to exchange confidential material to examine the possibility of partnering.

The Agreement Signed in 2019

Beck mentioned a 2015 material transfer arrangement between the University of North Carolina, NIAID, and Moderna in his video. According to the NIH, it was signed in 2019 before SARS-CoV-2 was established as the origin of COVID-19, and its genetic code was established.

This data came from NIAID’s MERS vaccination partnership with Moderna. Rohrbaugh added neither co-ownership of vaccine development created by NIH and Moderna, nor materials on or co-ownership of patents emerging from the collaboration, were addressed.

According to the NIH, materials are transferred between laboratories for non-commercial research reasons. The outbound logistics agreement from 2019 stated NIAID and Moderna would exchange mRNA coronavirus vaccines produced and owned jointly.

NIH Director Francis Collins told reporters in November he believes Moderna made a severe mistake in not giving co-inventorship recognition to people who played a significant role in creating the vaccine they are now profiting from.

Moderna said on Nov. 11 that government scientists co-invented claims to the mRNA (modified nucleotide) structure of their COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna is the only firm that promised not to pursue its COVID-19 copyrights during the pandemic.

The government would then be co-owners of those patent applications that exclusively cited Moderna scientists as inventors, with the ability to license the inventions as they saw fit.

Moderna’s offer to make NIH scientists co-owners of the patent, rather than founders, would be open to discussion and could come with conditions. Collins stated legal authorities would resolve the issue.

Contrary to Beck’s allegation, Rohrbaugh says the dispute is over inventors identified in Moderna’s patent applications covering the mRNA-1273 vaccine, not ownership.

A Stanford patent law expert, Mark Lemley, dismissed the government’s “ulterior intentions” in requiring the vaccine. He said the government pays Moderna billions for the vaccination.

It hasn’t favored Moderna over the Pfizer vaccine and there’s no evidence government scientists invented it.

Copyright expert James Love denied the government’s motivation for requiring the vaccine. Love, director of Information Ecology International, a non-profit that aims to spread knowledge resources in impoverished areas, says the US pays Moderna billions of dollars for the vaccine, then loses money.