The pandemic breaks the taboo on pharmaceutical patents


BarcelonaShould patents for covid-19 vaccines be released? India and South Africa have been calling for this for months, with the support of a hundred countries in the south. As happened years ago with antiretrovirals to fight AIDS, they say that only then will they be able to immunize their populations. Until now they had met with frontal opposition from the club of the rich, who represented the interests of their powerful pharmaceutical industries. But the equation has changed this week with the turn of US President Joe Biden, pressured by the dramatic situation in India and Latin America, when in the United States – which have so far refused to export stored vaccines – 252 million doses have already been administered. But the big pharmaceutical companies have come out to defend their monopoly with teeth and nails. The final decision is due next month at a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting.


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