We wrote in support of the TRIPS IP Proposal and its legal and political significance.
We explain why IP law is a barrier, how patents and secrecy interact, why compulsory licensing is not enough & why a waiver is necessary.
Pls RT& spread it far and wide! papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
Our arguments: 1)TRIPS waiver is a necessary & proportionate legal measure for clearing IP barriers enabling the freedom to operate for more companies to produce COVID-19 vaccines and other health technologies w/out fear of infringing another party’s IP rights & of litigation;
The statement in the article that other manufacturers don't have the ability to manufacture the vaccine and that it would take 3 yrs to produce is wrong.
Teva had offered but was rejected & there are other facilities in India and S. Korea, that can do it but are not utilised.