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Moderna sues Pfizer, BioNTech for Covid-19 vaccine patent infringement

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WASHINGTON, USA, August 26, 2022 (AFP): Moderna said on Friday it is suing rival vaccine makers Pfizer and BioNTech, alleging the partners infringed its patents by developing its Covid-19 vaccine administered to hundreds of millions. all over the world.

The lawsuits set up a high-stakes showdown between leading manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccines that are a key tool in fighting the disease.

“Moderna believes that Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 Comirnaty vaccine infringes patents that Moderna filed between 2010 and 2016 that cover Moderna’s core mRNA technology,” the US-based biotech firm said in a statement. .

“Pfizer and BioNTech copied this technology, without Moderna’s permission, to make Comirnaty,” Moderna said.

Pfizer and BioNTech said they have not fully reviewed the complaint, but expressed surprise at the litigation.

“The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was based on BioNTech’s proprietary mRNA technology,” a statement said. “We will vigorously defend ourselves against the allegations in the lawsuit.”

The mRNA technology used in Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech injections differs from traditional vaccines, which rely on injecting weakened or killed forms of a virus to allow the immune system to recognize it and generate antibodies.

Instead, mRNA vaccines instruct cells to build a harmless part of the spike protein found on the surface of the virus that causes Covid-19.

After creating this spike protein, cells can recognize and fight off the actual virus, hailed as a breakthrough in vaccine development.

Key tool against the deadly pandemic

The injections have repeatedly been the subject of inaccurate claims that they are dangerous, but health authorities say they are safe and effective.

The lawsuits, in US district court in Massachusetts and regional court in Dusseldorf, Germany, do not seek removal of the rival vaccine or an injunction on future sales.

Moderna said it had started developing the technology in 2010 and patented the coronavirus work in 2015 and 2016, allowing its injections to be launched in “record time” after the pandemic.

The virus has killed at least 6.48 million people worldwide since 2020 and sickened nearly 600 million, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

In addition to death and suffering, the disease has led to a reshaping of life that ranges from a change in rules about working from home to a mix-up of supply chains and the workforce.

Moderna said it pledged in October 2020 not to enforce its Covid-19-related patents while the pandemic continued, but changed that stance less than two years later as the fight shifted gears.

“Moderna hoped that companies like Pfizer and BioNTech would respect their intellectual property rights and would consider a commercially reasonable license if they applied for one for other markets,” he said.

“Pfizer and BioNTech have not done so,” the firm added.

These kinds of lawsuits are not unheard of in the pharmaceutical industry, where patents can be worth billions of dollars and can take years to resolve. – AFP


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Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’

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PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.

PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.

There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.

On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had

asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.

Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.

Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.

Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.

Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.

A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.

On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.

“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.


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Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin

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PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.

“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).

Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.

He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.

He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.

“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.

“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.

There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.


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Anwar sues Perak PAS commissioner for defamation

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against Perak PAS Commissioner Razman Zakaria over a speech he made allegedly linking the prime minister to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and stating that he supported communist ideology .

Anwar filed the suit through Messrs. SN Nair & Partners in the Taiping High Court, naming Gunong Semanggol Assemblyman Razman as the sole defendant.

Based on his statement of claim, Anwar as plaintiff asserted that on November 6, defendant delivered a campaign speech during the 15th General Election at Tebuk Pancur night market, which was broadcast live on defendant’s Facebook with the username “Haji Razman Zakaria”. and was viewed more than 94,400 times, received more than 5,100 reactions, 429 shares, and more than 2,600 comments as of Monday (December 5).

The Facebook video was then posted in an article titled “Razman dakwa Anwar bawa agenda LGBT, bimbang kerjasama PH-BN” dated November 6 in Malay and English on a news portal.

The Tambun MP claimed that the defamatory statements and published article implied that he was a liar, practiced and supported communist ideology, and encouraged same-sex marriage.

Anwar also claimed that the defamatory statements were made to ruin his reputation and that the accusations made in the article were untrue as he had always upheld Islamic values ​​and a broader reform agenda for the administration.

It added that the defendant uttered the defamatory words in an effort to sully his good name by inciting the public and creating hatred towards him and the party during the GE15 campaign period.

The defendant also breached Section 4A of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 and did not apologize to him for his actions, Anwar said.

As such, it seeks general, compensatory, aggravated, and exemplary damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent Defendant or its agents from repeating or causing publication of the slanderous article, in addition to seeking costs, interest, and other appropriate relief.

Anwar’s lawyer, Datuk SN Nair, confirmed the matter when contacted.- Bernama


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