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EU resists patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines, submits three-part plan to WTO

  • A surprise US shift in May to support a waiver heaped pressure on remaining opponents, such as the European Union and Switzerland that are home to many drugmakers.
The EU contends that a waiver would not boost production and presented a three-part plan.(AFP)
The EU contends that a waiver would not boost production and presented a three-part plan.(AFP)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 07:24 PM IST
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Chances of patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines seen as remote as WTO talks resume

  • Negotiations will reopen at the WTO on Monday and will focus on a highly anticipated revised draft submitted by India, South Africa and dozens of other proponents last week.
Due to the need for the WTO's 164 members to agree by consensus, any one country could block a lifting of the waiver, creating what one delegate called a
Due to the need for the WTO's 164 members to agree by consensus, any one country could block a lifting of the waiver, creating what one delegate called a "forever waiver".(REUTERS)
Updated on May 31, 2021 05:27 PM IST
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Develop vaccines against Covid-19 in Africa, Latin America: WTO

On the eve of a global health summit in Rome, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told European Union legislators on Thursday that normal market forces for exports and imports can't apply when it comes to the life-or-death issue of Covid-19 vaccines.
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says the world has the capacity to manufacture 5 billion vaccine doses overall but as the virus has spread “we require twice and three times that.(Reuters file photo)
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says the world has the capacity to manufacture 5 billion vaccine doses overall but as the virus has spread “we require twice and three times that.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on May 21, 2021 12:04 AM IST
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AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Brussels

Experts believe Covid-19 vaccine waiver won’t boost supply quickly. Here's why

  • As the second wave of Covid-19 ravaged India’s healthcare system, calls to waive patent protections for vaccines gained momentum.
India has administered at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to less than 10 per cent of its population.(Reuters)
India has administered at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to less than 10 per cent of its population.(Reuters)
Published on May 07, 2021 05:31 PM IST
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By | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Germany rejects US proposal to waive patents on Covid-19 vaccines

President Joe Biden on Wednesday voiced support for a waiver in a sharp reversal of the US position, and his top trade negotiator, Katherine Tai, swiftly backed negotiations at the WTO.
Germany said the main factors in vaccine production are capacity and quality standards, and not patents.(Reuters)
Germany said the main factors in vaccine production are capacity and quality standards, and not patents.(Reuters)
Published on May 06, 2021 09:55 PM IST
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