United States approves waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

United States approves waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

The federal government still hasn't offered its support of the waiver of intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines to enhance their supply worldwide, even as the us announced Wednesday it intends to do so.

Moderna has announced that it would not seek to enforce any of its COVID-related patents against other vaccine makers for the rest of the pandemic and has pledged to license its COVID-19 vaccine patents.

"This is a monumental moment in the fight", Dr Ghebreyesus tweeted.

The global trade body has for months been facing calls led by India and South Africa to temporarily remove the intellectual property protections on Covid-19 vaccines, in a move proponents say would help boost production in developing countries that so far have received far fewer jabs.

As of today, the province says 1,910,162 vaccine doses have been administered in B.C., to more than 1.8 million people.

WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday described as the "moral and economic issue of our time".

"The United States put more than $10 billion into the development of these vaccines, so they have a lot of clout, a lot of influence, they're a major global player and the fact that they're taking this position I hope means we're finally seeing some movement on this issue", she said on Wednesday.

In some places, there are more vaccine doses than people who want them.

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If anything, the examples of IP "disputes" cited by the waiver sponsors generally demonstrate that IP rights have not prevented the involved parties from supplying vaccines and other medicines, the letter said.

In London, foreign ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies committed to financially support the vaccine-sharing program, Covax.

The changes come as the province expects to receive larger volumes of vaccines, largely from in the form of the Pfizer shot.

"With this waiver, we can share vaccine recipes, largely developed with taxpayer dollars, while assuring reasonable royalties to American manufacturers".

"I applaud President Biden and his administration for taking this bold step in response to the world's most urgent crisis", Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a statement.

That group of workers includes all elementary and secondary school workers, child-care workers, food and manufacturing workers, and agriculture and farm workers.

"Vaccinating more people in the USA is not going to help us if the variants in India, Nepal and South Asia get out of control and hit our shores", said Priya Sampathkumar, chair of Infection Prevention & Control at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

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