[Ip-health] At WTO, a battle for access to COVID-19 vaccines

Baker, Brook b.baker at northeastern.edu
Wed Dec 16 08:57:24 PST 2020

At WTO, a battle for access to COVID-19 vaccines
Andrew Green, Dec. 15, 2020


BERLIN — High-income countries appear to be maneuvering to avoid a showdown at the World Trade Organization<https://www.devex.com/organizations/world-trade-organization-wto-44694>’s General Council meeting, beginning Wednesday, over a proposal<https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/IP/C/W669.pdf&Open=True> to temporarily waive intellectual property protections for all COVID-19<https://www.devex.com/focus/covid-19> vaccines and other technologies.

With the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada already immunizing their citizens and high-income countries laying claim<https://launchandscalefaster.org/COVID-19> to the vast majority of current and future vaccine doses, supporters of the waiver argue that it is more critical than ever.

For countries like the U.S. and Canada, which oppose the waiver, “to deny other countries that are not getting the benefits of the current system is an immoral choice on their part,” said Brook Baker, a specialist in intellectual property law at Northeastern University<https://www.devex.com/organizations/northeastern-university-56531>. “They’ve gotten theirs and want to stop other countries from getting supplies as well.”

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