We will find a cure for the coronavirus – but the drug companies will decide who gets it | Opinion

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HHow will the Covid-19 pandemic end? According to conventional wisdom, the crisis could ease in a few months, when some of the antiviral drugs being tested are successful. In a few years, when a vaccine becomes available, we can completely eradicate the virus.

Yet it is unlikely that this is how the pandemic will happen. While there is every reason to believe that treatments for the coronavirus may soon be available, the mere fact of their existence does not guarantee that people will be able to access them. In fact, Covid-19 is more likely to end the same way every pandemic ends: treatments and vaccines will be buried in a thicket of patents – and pharmaceutical companies will ultimately decide who lives and who dies.

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