This brief note considers calls for a Grand Prize to incentivise research into a vaccine for COVID-19. These calls respond to perceived failures of the patent system. We argue that such a prize is probably unnecessary and that the challenge for innovation policy posed by threats like COVID-19 lies elsewhere. In particular, we suggest that the more expansive reward-style approach embraced by Britain in the 18th and 19th Centuries is a more useful starting point for thinking about how to move towards a proactive innovation system.
Oxford Human Rights Hub shines a light on the human rights impact of COVID-19
Shona Minson publishes blog post on contact between children and imprisoned parents during the pandemic
New OxHRH podcast episode - The Impact of Covid-19 on Worker's Rights in the UK (with Michael Ford, QC)