Vaccine Contracts in the Context of Pandemics and Epidemics

36 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2022

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Ana Santos Rutschman

Villanova University - Charles Widger School of Law

Date Written: October 28, 2022

Abstract

This symposium essay explores the architecture of vaccine contracts, as well as the allocation of resulting vaccines in preparation for, and in response to, pandemics and large-scale epidemics. Drawing on contracts predominantly related to COVID-19 vaccines collected through publicly available databases, the work begins by providing an overview between the relationships between the parties entering into these agreements; the bargaining processes adopted and their timeline relative to market demand for vaccines; and the substantive obligations imposed by these contracts.

The essay then briefly considers the effects of this contractual architecture on the manufacturing and distribution of vaccines across the globe, highlighting allocative disparities in access to vaccines between populations in the Global North and those in the Global South.

Keywords: vaccine, contracts, COVID-19, intellectual property, licensing, data, know-how

Suggested Citation

Santos Rutschman, Ana, Vaccine Contracts in the Context of Pandemics and Epidemics (October 28, 2022). New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (JILP), Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4298798

Ana Santos Rutschman (Contact Author)

Villanova University - Charles Widger School of Law ( email )

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
United States

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