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Moderna believed from pandemic starting that BioNTech violated patent -CEO

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Syringes with needles are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Moderna (NASDAQ:) Inc believed from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that BioNTech SE (NASDAQ:) used its intellectual property in producing a rival vaccine, Chief Executive Stephane Bancel said on Wednesday.

Moderna filed suit against BioNTech and its partner Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) last month for patent infringement in the development of the first COVID-19 vaccine approved in the United States.

Bancel, speaking in Tokyo, said Moderna is considering building facilities in Japan to produce mRNA-derived products.

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