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Biden administration backs waiving Covid vaccine patent protections – live | US news

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Production is being constrained because pharmaceutical companies have refused to share their vaccine technology, and intellectual property rules prevent countries from creating their own generic versions of the jabs. This means we are restricted to the supply chains of the patent-holder company. Because of this impediment, we are using just a fraction of the world’s potential global vaccine manufacturing capacity.

More than 100 nations, led by India and South Africa, are pushing to temporarily suspend patent rules at the World Trade Organization during this pandemic. But the move has been blocked by a small number of countries, including the UK and the US, as well as by the EU.

Throughout this pandemic, Independent Sage has sought to guide the government and act as a non-party political voice for sound population health policy. Our remit would not usually extend to matters of international trade. But in this case the risk to public health is…

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