Can a patent waiver speed up the global COVID vaccination drive? | DW News


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Can a patent waiver speed up the global COVID vaccination drive? | DW News



The world is far from having the number of COVID-19 vaccines needed to vaccinate every single person. Now, over 100 nations are pressing for a temporary patent waiver at the World Trade Organization to help speed up production. Some have suggested pharmaceutical companies are prioritizing profits over lives. Supporters of the waiver demand that know-how and technology be shared more widely – because the pandemic, they say, is an extraordinary, emergency situation. But a string of wealthy countries are opposing the waiver. And some say even if one was put in place, it would not increase vaccine production.

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  1. 4:10 this is a false premise in terms of covid vaccines. All of the developers received massive amounts of public funding for developing vaccines, some of which failed to develop useful vaccines. None of the developers have delivered a vaccine that will lead to herd immunity. The only hope for anything approaching herd immunity in light of the millions of potential mutations with a festering pandemic such as in India at the moment is to get as many people vaccinated ASAP. Biden and Western leaders must give a waiver now for manufacture of vaccines by anyone who has the capacity to make vaccines. This is a humanitarian crisis and there's nothing to prevent the creators of the vaccine from making money under the one time emergency waiver scheme. If everyone does not get a vaccine by the end of 2021 we'll be going into lockdown again by the summer of 2022 due to the rise of vaccine resistant mutations.

  2. Stop blocking the waiver! Stop being greedy and help other countries. Have some empathy and humanity. No one is safe from the virus until everyone is.

  3. This is between a rock and a hard place. If you take a patent away the pharmaceutical companies will stop working on vaccines bc they know they will make no profit for the research. Yet we need vaccines to be made all over to boost resistance. Someone needs to think of a happy medium so the research is paid for making it profitable for the companies to make the effort. Give them a profit to all sales using their patent, that is fair if they can not manufacture enough.

  4. DO NOT INCLUDE Astra Zeneca in this…. NON PROFIT AND BEING ROLLED OUT WORLD WIDE UNDER LICIENCE IN 15 TERITORIES… half a billion doses alone donated to COVAC; J&J is donating 400 million; Pfizer ONE AND A HALF MILLION!!!

  5. SCRAP TRIPS AGREEMENT DONE IN WTO
    BY LOBBIEST LIKE WAR LORDS CHEMICAL GIANTS,UNIVERSITY DROPOUTS LIKE BILL GATES
    POLIO VACCINE DISCOVERY WHAT WAS NOT PATENTED PROVED THAT PATENTING DONT PROMOTE CREATIVITY NEITHER HELPS IN AVOIDING CRISIS LIKE CORONA
    IT IS JUST AN EXCUSE TO NOT BETTER A SOCIETY IT IS SUPER PROMOTER OF INACTION INERTIA STATUS QUO

  6. Easy to decide for Joe to support that waiver – the patents are in the EU. The US have blocked vaccine export since the beginning – now he' promising something that doesn't hurt the US. I guess the Eu hsould not cave in on that – the intellectual property must be payed in some way – or it will always be america first and research will not lead to success.

    Pfizer doesn't hold the patent it's Biontech and they can't earn with anything else but the intellectual property and royalties.

    Reminds me on the situation after 911 – anthrax could cured by a german anti biotic- immidiatly the bush administration called for a waiver of the patent – because you can't earn from an emergency.

    I guess this is the same here.

    India is a pharma country – and a patent wavier on a new tech would be pure gold for them. The US pharma industry can't catch up fast enough to counter the developement arround biontech – so why not kick them in the nuts ?

    Noone will get vacccines quicker by a waiver – because the time to market is limited by production.

  7. Well, following this logic, it would only take one vaccine producer to share its Patent with other producers to solve the problem, right?!

    Why then, countries that claims that have spare production capacity don't produce the Indian COVAXIN®?

    Why do they need the patents of all other Vacinne Developers such as J&J, Moderna, AZ, Pfizer, etc?!?!

  8. If patents are waived, it will increase production of vaccines by atleast 10 times. There are a lot of companies in India that are capable of producing 10 times the amount while maintaining high standards. The question is not of price in india, it is of the availability of vaccines. Also I think vaccines have already made a large profit. Pharma companies will argue because they know the potential for profits is large.

  9. the first goal must be stop speed of pandemic and put it in a stable level. to do that they must lift patent rights for at least next 1.5 years.

  10. This is how capitalism works exactly, 2008 financial crisis banks highjacked gov bailed them out; now Covid pandemic repeated it one more time; The issue isn't the PATENT, rather the system design itself. More, Indian gov failed to make their pandemic prevention work, there is price they have to pay themselves. I respect the Indian people, not the gov.

  11. CCP spreads the virus, the CCP backed WHO wants IP of vaccines waiver, so CCP can make all vaccines needed for world and make tons of money? We have a brain damaged administration in American.

  12. Making access to covid 19 vaccine patents possible for countries around the world can certainly help reduce the rate of mutation of the deadly RNA pathogen to make it less difficult to stop and put an end to the pandemic.
    As long as the deadly virus is allowed to spread in any any part or country in the world, the global resurging spread of the deadly virus with more dangerous variants will still continue, and more deadly and infectious it will become

  13. Countries that have need for anything, tell however to stuff it and do it yourself. IF power hungry organizations do not help, they can go straight to a place that burns for eternity.

  14. The Oxford/AstraZenica vaccine is a not for profit vaccine. Indian companies want a patent lift, because they want to make a profit out of peoples suffering.

  15. Western media and DW don't want to reduce profits of their pharma companies, all reasons will be proposed to oppose the idea…. DW will not express views opposite Angela Markel else loose funding / editor job….

  16. Why do they all want the mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) J&J and AZ ones ? i tought China and Russia were making great vaccines available for cheap =)) I also see no such things against China and Russia for sharing their know-how and manufacture etc, only the evil evil west, i guess it's because how good their vaccines are.

    This is the world, if you spend billions in making something, you don't just give it away. Everyone will get vaccinated in due time, have patience, all the research, manufacture and know-how was not cheap an was paid upfront with no assurance of success of the vaccines.

    Not to say that after political rallies and huge religious festivals in India during a pandemic with complete disregard for safety measure and now they cry for the vaccine ? bruh….

  17. Bernie Sanders is a Senator of a very small state in the United States, not a head of state. He has never won the endorsement of any major party for the Presidential race. Showing him in that context is more insulting than showing Senator Marco Rubio or Senator Ted Cruz,who actually represent very large states with tens of millions of people living in them.

  18. I said this and will say it again. Following this logic it only takes one Company to waive their patents rights and to share it with the Vaccine Producers globally.

    India should share the patents of their COVAXIN and voila! Problem solved.

  19. "Innovation" …… boy, wait till the virus turn deadly , reinfectable and spread fast …. by that time 95% of the world population is dead, the remaining survivors will return to stone age. The world is so corrupted that the one who is suppose to lead the world see nothing but money. A commodity made out of nothingness.

  20. anti-democratic countires cant be rewarded for being in such bad shape due bad goverments I wouldnt sell patent-rights to them they need to change this pandemic will make them change otherwise people will die

  21. Eu leaders need to put their foot down and demand That's patents are put to the side during this crisis.
    Those obstructing this work over patents or profits should be prosecuted in the aftermath of all this.

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