Moderna said it is suing rival vaccine makers Pfizer and Biontech, alleging the partners infringed its patents in the development of the Covid-19 injection that is administered to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. BNT.
The lawsuits, filed in both the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts and the regional court in Düsseldorf, Germany, set off a showdown between the leading makers of the Covid-19 injections that are a key tool in the fight against the disease.
“Moderna believes that Pfizer and Biontech’s Covid-19 vaccine infringes Moderna’s patents filed between 2010 and 2016 that cover Moderna’s core mRNA technology,” it said in a statement. of the company.
“This innovative technology was critical to the development of Moderna’s proprietary mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, Spikevax. Pfizer and Biontec copied this technology, without Moderna’s permission, to make Komirnati” , added “Modern”.
The mRNA technology used in Moderna’s and Pfizer-Biontech’s injections differs from that in traditional vaccines, which rely on injecting weakened or dead forms of the virus so the immune system can recognize it and built antibodies, reported AFP.
Instead, mRNA vaccines instruct cells to make a harmless piece of the spike protein found on the surface of the virus that causes Covid-19. After creating this protein spike, cells can recognize and fight the real virus.
Vaccines have repeatedly been the subject of inaccurate claims that they are dangerous, but health officials say they are safe and effective.