WTO Weighs South Africa, India Proposal To Waive Intellectual Property Rights On COVID-19 Products

Foreign Policy: WTO Meeting Pits Rich Against Poor In Fight For Vaccines
“…South Africa and India are leading a group of low- and middle-income countries calling for a waiver on intellectual property rights on products related to the pandemic — including personal protective equipment, therapeutics, and vaccines. China has also backed the measure. Rich countries and entities such as the United States and the European Union oppose the move, claiming that IP rights are not the hurdle they are made out to be, since voluntary licensing and global facilities like COVAX can help poorer countries meet their needs effectively…” (Quinn, 12/16).

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