You could have the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Japan, etc. all get together and tell Pfizer or Bayer or Dupont something like this:
"Thanks, folks, you've done a fantastic job! This new medicine is great! Now, at the moment, we have a major crisis on our hands, so we're going to have to nationalize this one medication and put the formula in the public domain. But--we're not going to do so without just compensation. Here's our offer: X Billion dollars/euros/yen for your research, plus the receipts you were expecting to get over the next Z years. That should be enough to give you a nice reward for your efforts, plus enough to invest in coming up with the next round of drugs for the next crisis. Whaddya say?"
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