US and UK ‘lead push against global patent pool for Covid-19 drugs’

Posted by on May 17, 2020 8:08 am
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Efforts to dilute world health assembly resolution on open licensing decried as ‘appalling’

Ministers and officials from every nation will meet via video link on Monday for the annual world health assembly, which is expected to be dominated by efforts to stop rich countries monopolising drugs and future vaccines against Covid-19.

As some countries buy up drugs thought to be useful against the coronavirus, causing global shortages, and the Trump administration does deals with vaccine companies to supply America first, there is dismay among public health experts and campaigners who believe it is vital to pull together to end the pandemic.

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