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World Germany resists calls to waive patents on Covid-19 vaccines

21:25  06 may  2021
21:25  06 may  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Germany is resisting momentum to lift patent protection for Covid-19 vaccines, saying Thursday that a US decision to support such waivers "has significant implications for vaccine production."

ERFURT, GERMANY - APRIL 08: Medical Staff prepares a vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine against Covid-19 at a vaccination center at the Messe trade fair grounds during the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic on April 8, 2021 in Erfurt, Germany. German authorities are expecting a strong increase in the volume of inoculations in April as vaccine supplies stabilize. Germany began vaccinations in late December and authorities predict as many vaccine doses to arrive in April as in the three months before. So far about 13% of people in Germany have received a first dose. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images) © Jens Schlueter/Getty Images ERFURT, GERMANY - APRIL 08: Medical Staff prepares a vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine against Covid-19 at a vaccination center at the Messe trade fair grounds during the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic on April 8, 2021 in Erfurt, Germany. German authorities are expecting a strong increase in the volume of inoculations in April as vaccine supplies stabilize. Germany began vaccinations in late December and authorities predict as many vaccine doses to arrive in April as in the three months before. So far about 13% of people in Germany have received a first dose. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday the US would support the easing of patent rules on Covid-19 vaccines, potentially expanding global supplies, as a devastating wave envelops India and calls grow louder for rich countries to narrow the gap with the developing world.

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The World Health Organization has called for patents on Covid-19 vaccines to be temporarily lifted until the global health crisis is under control.

But a German government spokeswoman said on Thursday that the "protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation" and the Biden administration's move would have "significant implications for vaccine production."

"The limiting factor in vaccine manufacturing is production capacity and high quality standards, not patents," the spokeswoman said.

"We are working in many ways on how to improve production capacity within Germany and within the European Union, but also worldwide, and the companies concerned are doing this with great commitment," she added. "The protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and must remain so in the future.''

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The German government also reiterated support for the COVAX vaccine-sharing initaive, with "the aim of ensuring that as many people in the world as possible have access to vaccine."

Biden's intervention on Wednesday came after members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) discussed a proposal by India and South Africa from last October to waive patents for both Covid-19 vaccines and treatments. No decision was made but America's backing could turn the tide on a WTO decision.

"The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines," US Trade Representative Katherine Tai wrote in a statement.

Earlier on Thursday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU is willing to discuss a proposal to waive intellectual property rights on the shots, Reuters reported.

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America can still make a major difference in the efforts to get COVID-19 vaccines into arms globally, but Russia and China have a big head start.The mechanics of this waiver involve a somewhat byzantine process at the World Trade Organization to ease rules under the organization’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) agreement. South Africa and India first proposed a TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines last October, which won the support of dozens of developing nations but has been stalled amid a lack of support from the U.S. and other rich Western countries.

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