US Trade Representative Katherine Tai supported the removal of intellectual property rights on new types of coronavirus (Kovid-19) vaccines in her written statement.
Pointing out that the Kovid-19 outbreak requires extraordinary measures, Tai said, “The administration strongly believes in the protection of intellectual property rights, but supports waiving these protections for Kovid-19 vaccines in ending the epidemic.” used the expression.
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Expressing that they will actively participate in the negotiations in the WTO on this issue, Tai said that these negotiations will take time given the consensus structure of the institution and the complexity of the related issues.
Tai noted that efforts will also be made to increase the raw materials required to produce these vaccines.
At the press conference held today, White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated that the abolition of intellectual property rights on Kovid-19 vaccines is on the agenda, but no decision has been taken on this issue.
One of the founders of the German pharmaceutical company BioNTech, Prof. Dr. Uğur Şahin stated that it is not the right way to give up intellectual property in order to increase the production capacity of Kovid-19 vaccines, instead, production licenses should be given.
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