Former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, and UN Under-Secretary-General, Winnie Byanyima, wrote a hard-hitting article against the pharmaceutical industry’s monopoly. The authors acknowledge the need for an urgent vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic. According to them, the world is likely to need a permanent dose of the vaccine and intellectual property is one of the barriers that prevent this vaccine from being available to everyone.
“These intellectual property rights are often abused and create monopolies, and in the case of the Covid-19 vaccine they threaten to limit the supply, causing deadly shortages and unnecessary delays”, say.
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