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Has the threat of waiving COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights had its desired effect?

In this final article on the TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and technologies, EPR’s Hannah Balfour considers whether it is the correct strategy to overcome COVID-19 treatment inequalities and explores other options.

In my earlier articles on the proposed Agreement of Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, medicines, diagnostics and technologies, I explored the scope of the intellectual property (IP) rights waiver and its potential impacts on pharma, biopharma and biotech, should it be approved. In this last instalment, I focus on the supply of COVID-19 vaccines; discussing whether the IP waiver is the best solution for addressing COVID-19 vaccination disparities, what other strategies are helping to achieve this goal and whether the TRIPS waiver may already have achieved its desired effect.

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