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Germany rejects US push to waive COVID vaccine patents
As if to trivialize intractable barriers to extruding brand generic licenses after patent expiry, "Two further factors could also be key, namely the rather narrow proposal put forth by the Biden administration -- which covers vaccines only -- and the fact that India and South Africa have also said they would be submitting a revised proposal of their original request."
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 12:55:51 AM EST
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Five EU countries say focus should be on vaccine production, not patents
BE, SE [LOL!], FR, DK, ES to world: "waivers could take years to negotiate"!
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 07:21:10 PM EST
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From your link ...

While Biden's backing adds political impetus to get a deal done, Germany, home to Pfizer's (PFE.N) vaccine partner BioNTech SE , on Thursday rejected the waiver proposal.

I believe Rutte and NL are opposed .. most countries are participating in the Covid-19 vaccine production.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:02:28 PM EST
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Yves Smith basically predicted this a few days ago.
In fact, cynically I wonder if the US hasn't already counted noses at the WTO, knows the votes aren't there, and will quietly reassure big drugmakers privately that this was all a gesture that the Administration knew was destined to fail.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:27:33 PM EST
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If that were true, why did EC brow beat "BionTech-Pfizer" for 4 months then turn around to sue AstraZeneca?
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 08:56:44 PM EST
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EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
The European Commission currently has a portfolio of 2.6 billion doses from half a dozen companies. Pfizer-BioNTech had an initial contract of 600 million doses with the EU.
The size of the contract - 1.8 billion doses for a bloc of 450 million residents - will provide for a lot of options, von der Leyen said.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 06:39:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 05:06:58 PM EST
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