Merck’s Molnupiravir Open License With Medicines Patent Pool May Be Model
Pharma industry critics herald the agreement for allowing many manufacturers around the world to make the COVID-19 therapeutic and for its transparency. If Merck can do it, they ask, why can’t other companies?
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