The French President asked the United States to lift the ban on the export of vaccines and their ingredients, rather than supporting the issuance of patents.
Brussels (European News). French President Emmanuel Macron (Emmanuel Macron) this Saturday defended the “most generous” region during the European pandemic because it has been the front line for exporting and donating coronavirus vaccines, and urged the United States to make efforts in Before considering long-term discussions (such as patent liberalization), he first made a commitment commensurate with the promise and “removed the export ban on vaccines and their ingredients.”
Macron said at a press conference held in Porto (Portugal): “I am very definitively calling on the United States to end the export ban on vaccines and other ingredients because it prevents production (in other regions).”
The French president assured Europe that some laboratories claim to be unable to produce because “these ingredients are blocked in the United States” and pointed this out to the Joe Biden administration and emphasized the key poverty of a faster response to vaccination. The country’s demand is “to produce more so that the ban will be lifted.”
For months, the European Union has refused to start a debate on whether to suspend the knowledge protection of the coronavirus vaccine as requested by India and South Africa in October, but Biden said this week that it would temporarily suspend patents, which forced 27 countries to abandon the debate. . Solve this problem in Porto.
The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said a few days ago that she was “not at all friendly” to the suspension of patents and opened the door to “start discussions” after the announcement in Washington, despite the fact that the EU It insists that it will not see this possibility as an effective solution in the short term.
Macron said: “We are slower than other countries (in their vaccination campaign) because we opened up immediately. This is a reality. Since the crisis broke out, we have exported 400 million vaccines produced in Europe. 200 million species.”
After introducing the European data, the French president wanted to make it clear that this time the United States only exported 5% of its production and supplied “a certain dose” to its neighbors Canada and Mexico, but did not ship any goods to fragile countries.
“When the United Kingdom was compared with the European Union, we were told,’Look, the United Kingdom is going much faster because we are more open. And because we are not behaving like the Americans, they keep everything they produce. Come down.”, I noticed.
Therefore, Macron assures everyone that whoever claims that someone currently cannot obtain a vaccine due to patents is lying because there are other obstacles: insufficient production due to export and export obstacles. Technology transfer.
Therefore, he emphasized that he is good for analyzing the long-term solution obtained through the patent suspension, because this may be a “completely related to the future” option, but he insisted that “it cannot solve the problems we encounter today.”
He said: “We must work hard to make vaccines a global public good.” He once again called on international partners to cancel their veto on exports and “release doses”, and pointed out the need to increase production capacity around the world, in developing or poor countries is also like this.
Finally, Macron outlined the third pillar of the European vaccination strategy to stop the spread of the pandemic and rely on the Covax platform to provide doses directly to the most vulnerable countries.
In this case, the French president once again appealed to Biden: “The European Union is the first donor country, and I only hope one thing is that the United States will move us forward. This is not the case at the moment, but I want it to happen.”