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AEI's Michael Rosen: "Omicron Variant Sows Chaos but Doesn’t Move Needle on Patent Waiver Debate"

In our latest Liberty Update, we highlight an eye-opening new study confirming how drug price controls kill pharmaceutical investment and innovation at the worst possible time, when America and the entire world depend upon them more than ever.

In similar vein, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Adjunct Fellow and healthcare expert Michael Rosen nicely illustrates how the omicron variant of Covid has paused the destructive global effort to suspend enforcement of patent rights belonging to lifesaving vaccine developers:

But the new omicron variant of the virus has intervened, shelving the planned WTO meeting and throwing into continued contrast the supposed haves and have-nots of vaccine protection...  But the EU has held firm in resisting the vaccine waiver, and rightly so."

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December 06, 2021 • 12:20 PM

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1 New Study Confirms How Drug Price Controls Kill Investment and Innovation

Anyone who considers European healthcare a model to emulate or welcomes government drug price controls just received a jarring corrective in the form of a new study by VitalTransformation.   For example, as of 2019 late-stage biopharmaceutical venture capital funding in the European Union (EU) amounted to just 3% of the United States level…

2 Fauci Puts Us at Risk

A new COVID-19 variant, reported from sub-Saharan Africa on Wednesday, has caused many developed countries to halt travel from that region without delay. All except America, which, thanks to Anthony Fauci, dithered and ultimately put into place a tepid plan to go into effect on Monday. As if viruses don't spread and kill on holiday weekends. As soon…

3 Biden Administration Seeks to Kill the Moderna Goose that Laid the Golden Vaccine Egg

The same Biden Administration that seemed almost annoyed at having to evacuate desperate Americans from the Afghanistan chaos of its own creation apparently holds even greater contempt toward U.S. pharmaceutical innovators that came to the world’s rescue in 2020.   The administration embarrassingly prostrates itself before the Taliban…

4 Congressional Drug Price “Negotiation” Proposal Would Cost Lives, Defy Voters

Just like in 1994 and 2010, voters this week sent an unmistakable signal to Congressional Democrats on their radical legislative agenda:  Pump the brakes.   Former Obama shaman David Axelrod certainly got that message, lamenting on CNN as the votes rolled in that they’d be wise to reconsider their pending multi-trillion-dollar…

5 New Vaccine Science Shows Mandates Are Unwise

New scientific findings in the prestigious Lancet Infectious Diseases journal blow a hole in the argument that workers need to get vaccinated to protect those around them. The findings prove the foolishness of forcing police and other public employees to get jabbed or lose their pay. And President Joe Biden should retract his order to the Occupational…

6 H.R. 3 Will Kill U.S. Drug Innovation, University of Chicago Finds

Americans understandably tune out ongoing political battles in Washington, D.C.  According to two separate and devastating new studies from the University of Chicago and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), however, Americans had better pay attention to H.R. 3, Nancy Pelosi’s healthcare price control legislation.  …

7 Why Isn't Biden to Blame for COVID-19 Deaths?

One of the most morally revolting talking points taken up by Democrats in their effort to deflect attention from President Joe Biden's deadly incompetence in Afghanistan is to minimize the deaths of 13 troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, by pointing out that more people are dying from COVID-19 every day. First of all, if we use the standards that Democrats…

8 Public Health Officials Conceal Hospital Infection Outbreaks

Public health officials struggle with telling the truth. They seem to think people don't deserve to know. At the beginning of COVID-19, they told us we didn't need masks instead of admitting there was a mask shortage.  Last week, health officials announced outbreaks of a hospital infection that's highly contagious and untreatable by any medication…

9 Biden Ignoring COVID-19 Dangers at Border and in Hospitals

COVID-19 cases in the US leapt 47.5% last week from the previous week. Shots in arms, not shutdowns, are the answer. Among the big risks to Americans right now are unvaccinated healthcare workers and unvaccinated, undocumented migrants fanning out across the U.S. But President Joe Biden is putting politics ahead of tackling these two politically toxic…

10 Debunking Some Anti-Patent Myths

Throughout its history, the United States has led the world in protecting intellectual property (IP) rights.  On that foundation, we’ve also led the world in artistic, commercial and scientific innovation, particularly with lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Yet patent rights are under increasing assault, with some charging biopharmaceutical…

11 Biden Dropping the Ball on Preparedness

Life is getting back to normal, and not a day too soon. But scientists warn that another pandemic could smack us. While we're letting down our guard, the federal government should be preparing for that possibility. The 581,000 deaths and economic destruction our nation suffered were caused more by unpreparedness and poor decision-making than by the…

12 Punishing Big Pharma for Its Success Will Cost Lives

The New York Times reports that "Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine." The pharma giant Pfizer earned revenues of $3.5 billion in the first three months of 2021, estimated to generate around $900 billion in profits. All the company had to do was create a safe drug that effectively alleviated the threat of the most…

13 In Welcome Bipartisanship, Senator Chris Coons Stands Up for Strong Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

Amid today’s spiral of societal acrimony, even hardened partisans can appreciate those rare instances of sobriety and bipartisanship from elected officials.   That’s particularly true when the policy issue in question is literally one of life and death.   We witnessed a welcome moment of such sobriety last week, when…

14 Science Says If You're Vaccinated, Enjoy Life Again

For 14 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended draconian restrictions on Americans' daily lives to combat COVID-19. The CDC made light of the hardships and economic losses the restrictions inflicted. Call the agency the "Centers for Doubletalk and Confusion." Now, evidence is emerging that the restrictions were…

15 CFIF Reiterates Opposition to H.R. 3, Nancy Pelosi’s Socialized Medicine Bill

 ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, Democrats in the House of Representatives doubled down on Speaker Pelosi’s plan to impose a socialized drug pricing system that would import foreign price controls, stifle innovation and limit patient access by reintroducing H.R. 3, the deceptively-titled “Lower Drug Costs Now Act.”  What follows…

16 'America First' in Vaccinations

In the race to save lives, the United States and England are winning. A stunning 47% of U.K. residents and 36% of U.S. residents have received at least one dose. Compare that with the European Union, where only 15% have gotten at least one jab. The U.S. and the U.K. are way ahead thanks to the brash nationalism of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

17 COVID Hypocrisy at the White House

Biden administration health official Rochelle Walensky announced Monday that vaccinated Americans can visit with others who are vaccinated in small groups at home. But when Walensky was asked about visiting grandchildren, she said no, unless the kids are local. Even vaccinated people must avoid traveling. "Every time there's a surge in travel,…

18 Biden Is Ignoring Virus Mutations

Two straight weeks of good news: COVID-19 cases are declining, hospitalizations are down and the daily pace of vaccinations is on the rise nationwide. What's not to celebrate? Yet, the nation's leading infectious disease experts are warning us that the situation is dire because new, more dangerous strains of the virus threaten the success of the U…

19 Joe Biden's COVID Deceptions

President Joe Biden contends there is "nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months," which is the exact opposite of what presidential candidate Joe Biden promised voters during the 2020 campaign. And by "exact opposite," I mean the president's alleged plan to beat coronavirus literally said…

20 US Should Vaccinate Its Own Before Sharing Vaccines

On Thursday, Anthony Fauci informed the World Health Organization that the Biden administration will participate in WHO's vaccine-sharing project. That reverses President Donald Trump's "America First" approach. Fauci says the goal is to ensure "equitable access" to vaccines for all countries in the world, rich and poor alike. …

21 Biden's Timid Plan to Fight COVID-19

As COVID-19 mutates, it's becoming more contagious than the virus that invaded the U.S. about a year ago. A trip to the grocery with a mask on, which used to be low risk, is becoming riskier.  As cases and deaths increase rapidly, people are scared and upset. They're spending hours on websites and hotlines struggling unsuccessfully to get vaccine…

22 End the Deadly Vaccine Delays

If you live in Florida or Texas and you're 65 or over, you can get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine at a mall, stadium or drive-thru center. You may have to wait for hours, but being in line is better than being in the dark. That's where most New Yorkers are – desperate to get the vaccine and with no way to sign up. It may be months before…

23 Leftists Hijacking Vaccination Rollout

You were warned about this first in July. Now, it's happening. On Sunday, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that seniors ages 65 to 74 be moved toward the back of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. The reason, says ACIP, is that "racial and ethnic minority groups (are) under-represented" in this age group…

24 Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 Fueled Drug Innovation, but Some Now Seek to Reverse That

"You say you’ve got a real solution, well, you know, We’d all love to see the plan… You say you’ll change the constitution, well, you know, We’d all love to change your head…" —"Revolution," by John Lennon and the Beatles As John Lennon observed in his trademark acerbic fashion, it…

25 “Suspend Intellectual Property Rights” for Pharmaceuticals? No, Strengthen Them

Would you drag yourself out of bed every morning and commute into work if your earnings were later subject to confiscation and redistribution, leaving you no assurance that your sacrifice and effort would be rightfully rewarded?   Unless you possess a charitable streak wide enough to make Mother Teresa appear Ebenezer Scrooge by comparison…

26 CFIF Urges Congress to Reject Rate-Setting As 'Fix' to Surprise Billing Issue

  December 7, 2020   The Honorable Mitch McConnell   United States Senate Majority Leader 317  Russell Senate Office Building  Washington, D.C.  20510   The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives 2468 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 &…

27 Hands Off Operation Warp Speed

Joe Biden is fearmongering that "more people may die" because the Trump administration hasn't begun transitioning oversight over the COVID-19 vaccines to the Biden team. "There was a plan for 300 million doses to be available at the end of the year. What they're reporting now is 20 to 30 million doses available. Why? Where are the bottlenecks…

28 President Trump’s ‘Most Favored Nation’ Executive Order Always Was and Still Is a Prescription for Disaster

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, President Trump announced new details about implementation of the "Most Favored Nation" (MFN) executive order.  The rule relies on an International Pricing Index (IPI) to determine MFN pricing for certain Medicare drugs, meaning the price controls of foreign nations, many of which have socialized medicine…

29 CFIF Urges Withdrawal of "Most Favored Nation" Executive Order

November 16, 2020 The Honorable Donald J. Trump  President of the United States  The White House  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW  Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump, On behalf of our more than 300,000 activists and supporters across the country, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) urges you to halt implementation…

30 Vaccine Miracle: U.S. Pharma Naturally Leads the Way

This week, American pharmaceutical innovators delivered a new miracle of human ingenuity:  Less than twelve months since the coronavirus arrived, Pfizer Inc. announced a vaccine exceeding 90% effectiveness.   It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the private U.S. pharmaceutical sector led the way in bringing that miracle to the world…

 
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