The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that it wants an exclusive patent on the SARS virus to guarantee the discovery remains
in the public domain. That's the right thing to do. In fact, any eventual vaccine or cure for SARS should also remain in the public domain so access
to affordable treatment is possible in the event of a public health emergency. If the patent were held in private hands, it could prevent cooperative
efforts among scientists across the globe and complicate efforts to make treatments or vaccines available to the public at large.
June 20, 2003