Anthony Fauci, senior adviser to the president on issues related to the spread of the coronavirus, believes that this will accelerate the production of vaccines around the world.
US trade negotiator Katherine Tai is leaning toward allowing the temporary infringement of certain patent rights for medicines during the pandemic. The Washington Post reported this.
According to its sources, the proposal on the possibility of patent infringement was discussed last week with the trade representative, a member of the president’s cabinet, the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the United States, Anthony Fauci. He told Tai that such a solution would help developing countries most affected by the worsening crisis. Fauci, a senior adviser to the president on issues related to the spread of the coronavirus, also believes that this will accelerate the production of vaccines worldwide. The U.S. trade negotiator, whose duties include patent issues, told her colleagues that she was considering supporting a temporary infringement of some patent rights but was still studying the information, the newspaper said.
However, some employees of the Ministry of Trade warn that this decision may lead to the opposite consequences, including the fact that US competitors will gain access to American intellectual property. As the newspaper El Pais reported on Tuesday, about 400 MEPs and members of the national parliaments of the member states of the European Union came out in support of the temporary suspension of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights in relation to coronavirus vaccines. The parliamentarians joined a petition filed a few weeks ago by 34 international organizations. Politicians believe that such a step will help increase the production of drugs for coronavirus and guarantee their fair distribution worldwide.