2021-10-17

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and their countries oppose the WTO’s failure to reach an agreement on Exempting the patent of new crown vaccine

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Beijing, October 17 (Xinhua) according to Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao, the World Trade Organization said on the 15th that WTO members are still unable to reach an agreement on Exempting the intellectual property rights of Xinguan vaccine. Some countries believe that unless representatives of some member states can make a “real compromise”, the talks will be difficult to achieve results</ P>

, South Africa and India, as early as last year, proposed a temporary exemption from the new crown vaccine patent during COVID-19, in order to increase vaccine production and help poor countries get the vaccine quicker. The two countries’ proposals have won the support of many countries, including the World Health Organization and many non-profit institutions

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and their countries oppose the WTO’s failure to reach an agreement on Exempting the patent of new crown vaccine

however, these suggestions have been strongly opposed by pharmaceutical manufacturers and their countries, insisting that patents are not the main obstacle to increasing vaccine production, and warning that patent exemption may combat innovation

the exemptions required by India and South Africa include vaccines, new crown therapies, medical equipment, protective equipment, as well as raw materials and parts required to manufacture these products, and the exemption is valid for at least three years

the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference is scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 30 to December 3. Therefore, time is becoming more and more urgent. The pressure to reach an agreement before the ministerial conference is increasing day by day

the Council of the agreement on trade related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) held a two-day meeting to try to promote progress on relevant issues. According to the mode of operation of the WTO, the terms of any agreement must be agreed by all 164 member economies

the organization said in a statement on the 15th that the Council had not reached an agreement after consultation. The statement said that the roll call of some members may lead to the breakdown of the talks unless some members make real concessions

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and their countries oppose the WTO’s failure to reach an agreement on Exempting the patent of new crown vaccine(1)

these member economies said: “a positive and meaningful outcome can not only send a strong message of global solidarity, but also prove the ability of the WTO to respond to major crises on a global scale.”

solri, President of the Council of trips and Ambassador of Norway to the WTO, acknowledged that the Council is still unable to promote members to reach substantive and positive conclusions at this stage. He said that the council would continue to consult with its members to reach an agreement before the ministerial meeting. The next consultation meeting is scheduled for October 26

at present, the vaccination rate in rich countries is on average 30 times higher than that in poor countries. Many rich countries are considering a third dose of vaccine for their people, while billions of people in poor countries around the world have not even received the first dose of vaccine

WTO director general yvira once said that this huge gap “has caused a devastating blow to the lives and livelihoods of Africans” and “is morally unacceptable”