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Moderna squares off with US government over COVID jab patent

November 10, 2021

That is according to a New York Times report, which says Moderna is now in dispute with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after it filed a US patent in the US that claims the company’s scientists invented the vaccine on their own.

Not so, says the NIH, which argues that three of its scientists – John Mascola, Barney Graham and Kizzmekia Corbett – should be named as co-inventors of the messenger RNA sequence coding for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that is the main component of Moderna’s mRNA-1273 shot. The patent has been filed but not yet awarded.

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