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Demand for Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver: Justified or Unreasonable?

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On June 14, at an inaugural session at the G7 Summit, India stressed for Covid vaccine patent waiver for the umpteenth time. India requested a lift of patent for the Covid-19 vaccine after the United States had offered to support the same in May. While the Council of TRIPS recently decided to hold a series of meetings till July to mull over patent wavers for the Covid vaccine, the push for the same got initiated in October last year. Although reasonable, the demand for a patent waiver by South Africa and India caused quite a stir among pharmaceutical companies and wealthier nations. Nishtha Mittal breaks down the meaning and significance of intellectual property rights with respect to the Covid vaccine and its equitable distribution. She argues that amid a raging emergency, a middle path could offer a tangible solution.


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