The United Nations welcomes the decision of the US government to support the decision to temporarily suspend the patent for the covid-19 vaccine.
Mexico City (APRO). -The United Nations (UN) welcomes the decision of the U.S. government to support the decision to temporarily suspend patent rights for a vaccine against COVID-19.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres commented that this decision “provides an opportunity for vaccine manufacturers to share the knowledge and technology necessary to effectively disseminate locally produced vaccines.”
He also emphasized that this may greatly increase the supply of the COVAX mechanism to equitably distribute vaccines on a global scale.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the officials for taking a brave step. End the pandemic as soon as possible, and “prioritize the well-being of all at every critical moment.”
He said: “U.S. President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai (Katherine Tai) support the commitment to suspend vaccine intellectual property rights is clearly a clear example of American leaders’ response to global health challenges.”
Tedros commented that this is an important moment in the fight against covid-19, because now we will be united and quickly unite using the talent and dedication of the scientists who developed the life-saving covid-19 vaccine. “.
Yesterday, Dai Bingxian said in a statement: “The special circumstances of the covid-19 pandemic require special measures.” And it is necessary to suspend the intellectual property protection of vaccines to help end the pandemic.
In this regard, he commented that his country will participate in negotiations at the World Trade Organization to support temporary exemptions for patents, and will work with the private sector and other partners to expand the production and distribution of vaccines.
Tedros said that the White House’s support “reflects the wisdom and moral leadership of the United States to end this pandemic.” He added that he was not surprised by the announcement because it was his expectation of President Biden’s administration. ”
Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson for the United Nations International Drug Purchase Mechanism (UNITAID), also expressed his approval of this measure, which he described as a “big step forward.” Fair access to vaccinations.
Verhoosel pointed out that this action must be applied to all anti-covid-19 tools, such as vaccines, treatments, tests and therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies. In addition, he emphasized that it will be the key for manufacturers to acquire the necessary technical knowledge to quickly increase production.
India and South Africa submitted a proposal to temporarily cancel patents to the World Trade Organization in October last year, and received support from about 60 member states (mainly developing countries).
Shortly before the United States announced this news, WTO Director-General Okonko-Iweala commented that equitable sharing of vaccines is “an ethical and economic issue of our time.” Unless vaccines and treatments are fairly accessible, the global economic recovery will not be sustainable. And realized the diagnosis of the disease.
“I firmly believe that once we can sit down and face the real text before us, we will find a pragmatic way forward that is acceptable to all parties. This will enable our members in developing countries to seek answers to this question. Do this. Vaccines, while considering research and innovation and how to protect them,” he said.