Genuine question for the advocates of compulsory licensing: what's the long term plan?

Say we can get anyone to manufacture Covishield in any quantity. How do we get mRNA vaccines? How do we get drugs that treat covid? New vaccines and drugs for TB, malaria and AIDS?
Since we don't have any domestic R&D, we depend on western pharma companies for IP. Our domestic pharma industry only manufactures under license. Why will big pharma trust Indian manufacturers again if they believe the government can break their patents any time?
It's not a moral debate but a practical one. I don't see a solution other than a negotiated one - where we convince, not force, western pharma companies to license their IP to many Indian manufacturers for a low fee. Else we may have to depend on imported medicines for decades.
Would love to hear your views to learn more about the issues involved. Thanks!

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