Pfizer and Moderna are being sued by US biotech company Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.
The two pharmaceutical companies are accused of infringing a patent of this company with their vaccines against Covid-19. It would be a technique that allows the vulnerable active part of the vaccine to do its job in the body. Alnylam is claiming damages but the amount is not yet known.
Pfizer and Moderna have made billions with their coronavirus vaccines, used around the world. In a statement, Moderna called the legal move “obviously opportunistic” and said it was not using Alnylam’s technology.
Alnylam is a publicly-traded company worth nearly $20 billion (€18 billion). The company says it will not call for the production, distribution, or sale of Covid vaccines to be halted. Legal battles between pharmaceutical companies over intellectual property are common.