The debate has returned on the world’s communication platforms regarding lifting the intellectual property rights over Corona vaccines, with the aim of increasing production in the world, to enable developing and poor countries to confront the pandemic.
The eighth bulletin – your publication (5/6/2021) continued the division of the tweeters between those who supported raising intellectual property and stressed the need for this step to return to normal life, and those who said that intellectual property constituted an incentive for vaccine manufacturers that led to it quickly.
And US President Joe Biden had announced his support for waiving patents for coronavirus vaccines, in conjunction with a campaign led by Democratic and Republican lawmakers despite the opposition of drug companies that manufacture vaccines.
Biden’s statements were met with great approval, as the Director-General of the World Health Organization considered it a pivotal moment in the battle to end the pandemic, as it was praised by many health organizations and bodies around the world.
The American commercial representative, Catherine Tay, announced that her country’s government supports the waiver of intellectual property protection for anti-Corona vaccines in order to combat the epidemic more effectively.
Among the interactions in this regard, Dr. Hanan Al-Ghamdi said, “Eliminating intellectual property from patents for vaccines # Corona will save the world, and pharmaceutical companies are disappointed because of the loss of astronomical gains.”
On the other hand, activist Abu Salah Al-Nazer said, “The issue is more from a point of view … I mean, the idea of monopolizing vaccines is a good thing if it would leave every region, alliance or country seeking to produce its vaccines. It is true that there is no consolation for the poorest and most ignorant countries, but it may be an incentive for them in the same breath.” Time. “
“The countries of the world are able to produce vaccines, even those belonging to the third world are able to produce them if they obtain intellectual property rights from the giant companies that hold the patent, but this has not happened and will not happen, and the world will continue whining, and people will continue With death waiting for their governments to deliver a shipment of vaccines. “
As for Dr. Ali Helan, he said, “Exceptional circumstances require exceptional measures. The US government waives intellectual property rights to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines, a very big step and a great initiative and a human feeling that the availability of vaccines is a right for everyone.”