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Confessions of a “Human Guinea Pig”: Professor Quits Vaccine Trial over Moderna’s Corporate Greed

Jeremy Menchik, a self-described “human guinea pig” who volunteered for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials, dropped out to protest the corporate’s greed in reaping income from the continued pandemic whereas doing little to resolve world vaccine inequity.

Menchik is launching a brand new web site — mrna4all.org — the place different vaccine trial contributors can be part of the hassle to stress vaccine makers to scale up manufacturing to vaccinate the world. “That they have to be accountable to their guinea pigs and they have to advance policies for public health, not just private profit … I think that must be unnerving to them,” says Menchik, an affiliate professor at Boston University. “We have to treat this pandemic as a global crisis, as a global public health emergency.”

 

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