[Ip-health] AstraZeneca, Pfizer, IFPMA on the WHO COVID-19 pool, at May 28, 2020 IFPMA press breifing | Knowledge Ecology International

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Thu May 28 15:24:59 PDT 2020


(with The Youtube embedded clip https://youtu.be/1tMMBhWoGHs)

At a May 28 press briefing organized by the international Federation of
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), Pharma CEOs and the
IFPMA DG comment on WHO proposal for global pool for rights in technologies
for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Pascale Soriot,
the CEO of AstaZeneca, a company receiving a reported $1.2 billion in
funding from the US agency BARDA, claims he was “not aware” of the WHO
proposal. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla is the most negative, calling the
proposal, dangerous. At 2:30 on this clip, Thomas Cueni of IFPMA claims
that a focus on vaccine patents is misplaced since know-how is the larger
issue, and he claims that there has never been a compulsory license on a
vaccine patent.

There have been, of course, many disputes over patent rights for vaccines,
and know-how, data and even access to cell lines is actually part of the
Costa Rica/WHO proposal for a COVID-19 technology pool, which, Thomas Cueni
certainly understands.

The full IFPMA briefing is here:

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