Intensified support is needed across the world to support a temporary suspension on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) agreement that currently constrains the manufacture and disbursal of COVID-19 vaccines across the world. This waiver, sought initially by South Africa and India, would enable a temporary waiver on the patent rights of Covid-19 vaccines and other related medicines, equipment and knowledge, which would help to facilitate increased production volume and more widespread manufacturing worldwide to ensure equitable and affordable access for middle and low income countries. At the moment, these talks are at an impasse.
The Holy See is a proponent and supporter of the TRIPS waiver – “the world is on the brink of a catastrophic world failure, and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world’s poorest countries.“
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