“The US administration firmly believes in the protection of intellectual property, but supports the abolition of the right to patents for the kovid vaccine19 in order to end this pandemic,” said the US representative to the World Trade Organization.
(photo by Katarina Tai, US representative to the WTO)
As soon as the news arrived after yesterday’s meeting in the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the United States proposed that patents for the production of the vaccine become free, the European Union changed its opinion at lightning speed this morning and agreed with Washington.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, already announced this morning that she was “ready to discuss”, although so far the position of the commission was that “nothing should be changed”, as the Commissioner for Internal Trade repeated until yesterday. Thierry breton.
Ursula fon der Lejen
Change in Brussels after Washington’s position
In an interview for New York Times, Ursula von der Leyen said explicitly recently that she was against the abolition of patent rights, believing that the vaccine was found thanks to the development of the private sector and that “the spirit of the private sector should be preserved.”
The change of attitude in Brussels came after a statement by Katarina Tai, the US representative in the World Trade Organization, which said that “this is a global health crisis” and that “the exceptional circumstances of the covid-19 pandemic require the application of exceptional measures.” It is emphasized that it is most urgent to deliver as many safe and effective vaccines as possible to as many recipients as possible.
“The US administration strongly believes in the protection of intellectual property, but supports the abolition of pavid vaccine rights19 in order to end this pandemic,” the US spokeswoman said, adding that the US would actively participate in the World Trade Organization negotiations. the rights to patents for covid vaccines would be suspended 19.
For now, patents have protected mostly U.S. laboratories who oppose the temporary revocation of rights because it would drastically reduce their earnings and reduce dividends to their shareholders.
President of the International Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry Stephen Ubl
Disappointed pharmaceutical industry
The International Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry (IFPMA) said in a statement that the US decision was “disappointing”, and its president Stephen Ubl he emphasized that the temporary abolition of patent rights would “further weaken supply chains and encourage the spread of counterfeit vaccines”.
The suspension of patents would somewhat reduce the colossal earnings of pharmaceutical groups but would allow vaccines to be produced around the world, to bring humanity closer to collective immunity and the virus – having nowhere to survive – to stop mutating.
In that way, the difference between rich countries, which today mostly produce vaccines themselves, and poorer ones, which are difficult to access, would be reduced.
As we reported, the meeting of the General Council of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended last night in Geneva without an agreement on the temporary revocation of patents for the production of vaccines against kovid19, as requested by India and South Africa with the support of hundreds of developing countries.
A spokesman for the World Trade Organization said after the meeting that the proposal of India and South Africa would be changed. He announced that the new version would be submitted for consideration next Tuesday.
Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.
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