Patent battles could choke coronavirus drugs pipeline: Carlos Correa

Correa is executive director, South Centre, an inter-governmental organisation which works on various issues affecting developing countries such as climate change, food security, etc

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New Delhi: India and South Africa are currently leading a call at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for intellectual property (IP) exemptions on items like diagnostic kits, vaccines, medicines, personal protective equipment and ventilators required to fight Covid-19. These exemptions from the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement would mean that WTO member countries would not necessarily need to grant or enforce intellectual property rights related to Covid-19 drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and other technologies.
According to the submission by the governments of India and South Africa, the waiver ought to continue until “the majority of the world's population has developed immunity” and until “widespread vaccination is in place globally”.
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First Published: Nov 21 2020 | 9:38 AM IST

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