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Ana Santos Rutschman

Ana Santos Rutschman

Ana Santos Rutschman is an assistant professor of law at Saint Louis University School of Law, where she teaches courses in health law, intellectual property, and regulation in the life sciences. She has advised the Biden campaign on issues related to intellectual property and health technologies. She researches and writes on topics related to emerging health technologies, with a particular focus on vaccines and other forms of biotechnology. She has also published on topics related to e-health, global public health and artificial intelligence.

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Why Moderna won’t share rights to the COVID-19 vaccine with the government that paid for its development

By: - November 21, 2021

A quiet monthslong legal fight between the U.S. National Institutes of Health and drugmaker Moderna over COVID-19 vaccine patents recently burst into public view. The outcome of the battle has important implications, not only for efforts to contain the pandemic but more broadly for drugs and vaccines that could be critical for future public health […]

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Can employers require workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine? 6 questions answered

By: - January 3, 2021

Editor’s note: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency in charge of enforcing laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, on Dec. 16 said that employers can require employees to get vaccinated before entering the workplace. Now that two COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization in the U.S., some people are concerned they could […]

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FDA is departing from long-standing procedures to deal with public health crises, and this may foreshadow problems for COVID-19 vaccines

By: , and - August 30, 2020

On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn announced that the FDA had issued emergency use authorization for investigational convalescent plasma as a treatment for COVID-19. Plasma is the liquid part of blood. Sometimes, for treatment purposes, it is taken from people who have been infected with […]