Never Mind the Epidemic, Who Gets Patent Rights For the Cure?
A virus that has so far killed nearly thirty people in seven countries faces a non-medical obstacle to treatment: Patents. Reader Presto Vivace writes with this excerpt from the Council on Foreign Relations: "At the center of the dispute is a Dutch laboratory that claims all rights to the genetic sequence of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus [MERS-CoV]. Saudi Arabia's deputy health minister, Ziad Memish, told the WHO meeting that "someone"--a reference to Egyptian virologist Ali Zaki--mailed a sample of the new SARS-like virus out of his country without government consent in June 2012, giving it to Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam."
Middle East: Saudi Arabia: New Virus Spreads
Saudi Arabia has confirmed six new cases of the SARS-like coronavirus in its Eastern Province in recent days, the state news media reported.
Iran says $10 Billion Infusion of US Weaponry Will Further 'Destabilize' Middle East
As the US State Department pushes to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, Iran on Tuesday said that such a massive infusion of US weaponry would be a destabilizing force in the Middle East.
US to finalise Middle East weapons deal
Chuck Hagel, US defence secretary, says arms deal with Israel, UAE and Saudi Arabia sends "clear signal" to Iran.
U.S. near $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE
WASHINGTON - The United States is finalizing a complex $10 billion arms deal that would strengthen two key Arab allies while maintaining Israel's military edge, defense officials said on Friday ahead of a trip to the Middle East by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
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