U.S. govt. pockets $400 million from Moderna Covid-19 vaccines

The following is an excerpt from The Vaccine Reaction.

A recently disclosed contract reveals that the U.S. government received millions of dollars in licensing fees from Moderna, Inc. The company paid the National Institutes of Health (NIH) $400 million to use NIH’s spike protein technology in Moderna’s Spikevax messenger RNA (mRNA) Covid-19 biologic.

The large payment was part of a royalty-bearing license agreement negotiated between Moderna and the NIH in December 2022. 

The Epoch Times received a copy of the contract through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

While certain portions of the contract were redacted, including a clause stating that Moderna would pay “low single digit royalties” on future sales of the Covid shots, the document revealed that the NIH would receive royalties in late 2022, as well as annual royalties of an undisclosed amount.

NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID ) is to receive a “catch-up” non-refundable royalty in the amount of $400 million from Moderna for the use of its molecular technique.

The spike protein technology is jointly owned by the NIH and Dartmouth University’s Geisel School of Medicine, and both are named in the contract along with Moderna.

Moderna and the NIAID began working together on this technology in 2016 and previously published a study using the spike protein from MES-CoV, a similar virus to SARS-COV2, in 2017.

NIH and Moderna Spar over Patent Rights

There has been a lingering dispute between Moderna and the NIH over who developed the spike protein used in Moderna’s Spikevax shot.

Moderna attempted to file a principal patent on the entirety of the mRNA sequence fund in their vaccine by claiming its scientists developed the sequence. The NIH disputes their claim and argues that government scientists developed the technology and gave it to the vaccine maker.

Moderna’s CEO, Stéphane Bancel, testified before Congress on March 23 saying that his company developed the same spike protein that NIH developed but did not patent it due to disagreements with NIH.

One Hand Washes the Other with Public-Private Business Partnerships Between Government and Pharma

While there may be a dispute over who originally developed the spike protein for Spikevax, it is clear that NIH and Moderna worked together to develop and manufacture the product. 

The symbiotic financial relationship between the government and the private company appears to exist in all steps of the Covid vaccine roll-out process. It started with $10 billion dollars of taxpayer funds going to Moderna to help create and test the novel biologic.

The government contracts with Moderna helped the vaccine manufacturer develop the Covid shots resulting in an almost $37 billion dollar windfall for the company with $5 billion in revenue projected for 2023 as the company plans on raising the price of the vaccine by 400% going forward.

The collaboration between NIH and Moderna in the development of Spikevax is another example of the lucrative public-private business partnership between the U.S. government and pharmaceutical companies.

Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), observed:

Perhaps the greatest change I have seen in vaccine regulation, policymaking and law over the past four decades has been the development of public-private business partnerships between Big Pharma and the government. That seismic change has affected how new vaccines are developed, licensed and regulated and is influencing what we see happening today.

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8 thoughts on “U.S. govt. pockets $400 million from Moderna Covid-19 vaccines”

  1. The expression “conflict of interest” comes to mind. Can the government truly protect people from defective medical products while having a financial incentive to OK those same products in order to turn a profit?

  2. What would be really interesting to know is where the money paid to NIH goes. How much to individuals (inventors or directors like Fauci) and how much to institutions. Either way looks like money laundering:
    1) NIH develops a vaccine just before the pandemic and gives it to a failing startup together with government money
    2) The government also forces people to take the vax with no liability for it or the company and pays for this with more tax money
    3) Then the company pays some people back in government.

  3. The obvious conflict of interest and the potential for undermining the government’s credibility on effectiveness of vaccines would be a good question for the LA Times at the president’s next press conference, or at the first presidential debate, if in fact, either of those things ever happen.

  4. And I am still hearing PSA’s on all forms of media encouraging taking the vaccine and its subsequent boosters. But side effects? You have to really dig for those. Alternative treatments? Really have to dig for those as well, along with the label slapped on them by social media referring back to the CDC and WHO.

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