India, South Africa moot 3-year Covid patent waiver
NEW DELHI: India and South Africa, along with several poor and develo countries from Africa and Latin America, have proposed a three-year patent waiver for Covid-19-related health products and technologies, including drugs and vaccines, along with “their material or components and their methods and means to manufacture”.
The submission made on Friday goes beyond drugs and vaccines to include diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices, personal prective equipment with the coverage proposed to include “the prevention, treatment or containment of Covid-19”.
Trade experts said that the proposal – which will form the basis for negotiations – has clearly provided a window for technology and know-how sharing, which is a major concern with suggestions that patent waiver alone will not result in production of vaccines or drugs. Besides, by including material and components, the idea is to ensure that there is access to the entire value chain.
While India and South Africa were the original proponents of waiver of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which also includes relaxations in rules related to copys and designs, they now cm the support of over 120 countries, including Pakistan and Indonesia.
they're supporting the waiver so they can make these cher and sell it to rest of the world.
India and China are dpending billions of dollars in defence but hesitating to pay for Vaccines...
India spends only a small fraction in health and education compared to its defense expenditure
Scrap the central Vista and use the money to pay for the vaccines for the common man in India
Why there is no patent waiver for vaccines and medicines researched and made within India ? Why can't all reputed Indian companies make Covan , 2DG etc and quickly save Indians from death?
Scrap the central Vista ASAP
What rhis govt wants to achieve by waiver of patents? We already have our own vaccine, the covan production of which can be scaled up. So govt. should try to do genuine thing raather than wasting energy in useless talks.
Jo vi Karna hei bhai jaldi karna. Time nahi hei idhar. Ek ek din akhri din jeisa ho raaha hei. All countries should have discussed all these things in last year only. Don't know for what they waited for. Just do it fast.
what useless WHO doing?
Goverment should consider Ayurvedic Medicines which can also heip to cure Covid 19
US backed by Pfizer will not let go patent waiver even for three years, that is how the arguments are being advanced to US Congress.
Funds were raised last year from public cming go nment needed funds to fight COVID pandemic. However funds are available for Central Vista.
Beggars keep coming up with new ways to beg lol. Make your vaccine instead of trying to steal others work. Companies like Pfizer and moderna have spent billions on R&D.
D Vishweshwara Bhat Guest
Earlier these countries reach an agreement the better to the mankind.
When a medicine is for humanity and for a Pandemic, then no Patents for any such medicines.
just charge the super wealthy and pay the royalty to these inventors
It is good action, we will come to know true colours of Rich nations during this crises of world!
Great work by Modi go nment
This is required as this is millions of life in stake
Vaccine shortages must be resolved as soon as possible so as to like all the people have vaccine quickly and we can easily restrain the increasing number of coronavir s patients