[Ip-health] Third-Way Proposals from Big Pharma and the WTO are the Same-Old Way –Commercial Control of Supply, Price, and Distribution

Baker, Brook b.baker at northeastern.edu
Tue May 4 07:12:01 PDT 2021


Policy Brief:  Third-Way Proposals from Big Pharma and the WTO are the Same-Old Way –Commercial Control of Supply, Price, and Distribution, People’s Vaccine Campaign (April 23, 2021) https://app.box.com/s/4rux5flb05pzc7fubs8qaeeffw0ykwe2


Summary

A growing chorus of voices worldwide is demanding the lifting of intellectual property restrictions on Covid-19 vaccines and technologies and open technology transfer to enable global access.  In response the pharmaceutical industry, the WTO and other actors like the Gates Foundation are promoting a ‘third way’ where industry retains total control of supply, price and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and other health technologies. This is in fact nothing new and is a continuation of the same failed system.  This paper gives a clear critique of this proposed solution, and the urgent need to take back control over vaccine production and distribution. It outlines the arguments instead for government-led, open

technology transfer and equitable access.



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