Applying Learnings From COVID-19 to Disseminating Climate Change Technology Solutions

By: Jason Anterasian COVID-19 vaccines and new technologies fighting climate change face the same perils. COVID-19 has upended the world and we are entering our third year of the pandemic.  When the pandemic first emerged, private biopharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson quickly developed COVID-19 vaccines.  Such rapid vaccine development was possible in part because these companies benefited from receiving government funding for COVID-19 vaccine research and development, advanced purchase orders from the government for the vaccines, or both.  COVID-19 vaccines also built on prior decades of mRNA vaccine research that had been largely funded by the government.  The biopharmaceutical companies now have patents on the vaccines and trade secrets on the manufacturing and commercializing of the vaccines, which have been cited as causes of the inequitable vaccine rollout throughout the world.  According to the…