What’s in it for me?

I recently heard about how the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine had developed the patent-free Corbevax coronavirus disease vaccine and so was interested to read some more about it in this article in the Guardian.

We want to do good in the world. This was the right thing to do and this is what we morally had to do. We didn’t even blink. We didn’t think, ‘how can we take advantage of this?’ You see now that if more like us would have been more attuned to how the world is so inequitable and how we could have helped from the beginning so many places around the world without thinking ‘what’s going to be in it for me?’, we could have basically not even seen these variants arise.

We need to break these paradigms that it’s only driven by economic impact factors or return of economic investment. We have to look at the return in public health.”

— Dr Maria Bottazzi

Do good in the world. Stop judging everything only in terms of return on economic investment. Stop asking “what's going to be in it for me?”

It is long past time for a paradigm shift. It is long past time we built equitable communities in an equitable world.