The Death Patent - Suspend intellectual property protections to Least-developed country (LDC) members - Now!

Can pharmaceutical lobbies avoid the world fighting against the death, pain and desperation of millions our fellow humans by refusing to suspend intellectual property protections in an effort to ramp up vaccine production? No, they cannot.

1- The World Trade Organization decided that: Least-developed country (LDC) members of the WTO will be allowed to maintain maximum flexibility in their approach to patenting pharmaceutical products until at least 2033, following a decision taken by the WTO’s Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 6 November. In the present case - i.e. COVID-19 Vaccines – any extra confirmation could be necessary just to prevent unethical pharmaceutical lobbies to keep using their well-known unlimited coercive methods on governments, its representatives and individuals in order to forbid the copy of the validated and tested vaccines i.e. validated by genuine authorities and tested properly around the world.

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2- In any case, any sovereign state can enact legislation to allow the specific copy of the COVID-19 appropriate Vaccines and medications whenever available.

Shame on the pharmaceutical industry lobbies! They are already making colossal profits and reinforcing all kinds of monopoles, tax schemes and influence pending over the planet. They want to hold what will become a “death patent” if the so-called “representatives of the people” around the world do not impede their outrageous and blind ambition.

The Biden administration fulfilled its duties in this matter. Let us hope that all governments around the world will do the same. (See note below).

THE NEW YORK TIMES – Morning brief – the 6th of May 2021.

Biden administration backs lifting vaccine patents – "An essential and necessary move" (MC Comment).

The Biden administration said yesterday that it would support lifting patent protections on Covid vaccines, a breakthrough for efforts to produce more doses globally. “The extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures,” Katherine Tai, the U.S. trade representative, said in a statement.

The U.S. had opposed a proposal at the World Trade Organization to suspend intellectual property protections in an effort to ramp up vaccine production. But its new support, made under growing pressure as the pandemic rages in India and South America, is no guarantee that a waiver will be adopted. The E.U. has also been standing in the way.

Response: The pharmaceutical industry responded to the decision with anger. The president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America called the announcement “an unprecedented step that will undermine our global response to the pandemic and compromise safety.”

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