Contract transparency for US covid-related contracts


Knowledge Ecology International has received copies of a number of contracts it requested under the US Freedom of Information Act that were signed in 2020 by the US Department of Defense or the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to cover research on COVID-19 vaccines or therapeutics. Five use “Other Transaction Agreements” to weaken or eliminate safeguards such as Bayh-Dole (which provides standard patent clauses for federal funding agreements) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation, thereby limiting or eliminating the government’s rights in intellectual property and data arising from the research it is funding.
Writer: James Love
Publication: KEI