WTO again fails to agree on Covid vaccine patent waiver

The World Trade Organization said Friday its member nations had again failed to agree to suspend intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, with some countries doubting a deal could be reached unless certain delegations ...


WTO fails anew to agree Covid jab IP waiver proposal

World Trade Organization countries failed anew Tuesday to agree a proposal to suspend intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines in order to boost production and fill a void in poor nations.


South Africa to host vaccine tech transfer hub

South Africa will host the continent's first COVID-19 vaccine production facility, as President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday Africa now understood that doses would "never come" from elsewhere in time to save lives.


EU lawmakers back COVID vaccines patent waiver

The European Parliament has urged the EU to back a push for a temporary waiver of coronavirus vaccine patents, in the face of scepticism from Brussels and key member states.

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World could have prevented COVID catastrophe: pandemic panel

The catastrophic scale of the COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented, an independent global panel concluded Wednesday, but a "toxic cocktail" of dithering and poor coordination meant the warning signs went unheeded.


Vaccine maker BioNTech says no need to waive patents

The head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech said Monday that there is no need to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines because manufacturers will be able to produce enough shots to supply the world over the coming ...


US backs plan to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents

US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday announced support for a global waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, offering hope to poor nations that have struggled to access the life-saving doses.

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