TRIPS waiver will facilitate wider access to technologies needed for COVID-19 vaccines production: South Africa

New Delhi, June 01 (ANI): The proposal by South Africa and India for a temporary global waiver on patent protection for COVID-19 vaccines will facilitate wider access to technologies needed to produce vaccines, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor on Tuesday. South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said, “South Africa and India have submitted a proposal to the WTO for a temporary waiver of certain aspects of TRIPS to facilitate wider access to technologies needed to produce vaccines and treatments so that poorer countries with capacity could produce”. “Agreement will allow use of intellectual property, sharing of tech, its transfer & production of vaccines, therapeutics & wider distribution to achieve ambition of 'none of us are safe until all of us are safe'. We must address global gap of vaccine access”. All the ministers exchange their views on the COVID-19 pandemic situation in this meeting.

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