2021-05-06 12:10:42

“Monumental Moment”: U.S. Backs Waiving COVID Vaccine Patent Rights After Months of Blocking Talks

The Biden administration has announced it now supports temporarily waiving the intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines, in what the World Trade Organization is calling a “monumental moment.”

India and South Africa first proposed the waiver in October, but the United States and other wealthy nations blocked the WTO from even opening negotiations on the proposal.

Supporters say the waiver is critically needed to increase the rate of vaccine production for the Global South as COVID-19 rapidly spreads in India, Latin America and other regions where few vaccines are available.

Biden’s support for the waiver is “an incredibly pleasant surprise” and “late, but still welcome,” says Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa.

“The proposal is monumental because what it does is it allows for more vaccines to be manufactured in the world,” Prabhala says. “The whole world faces a crippling shortage of coronavirus vaccines.”

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

AccessIBSA Project Achal Prabhala Amy Goodman Biden Administration Brazil Coronavirus Covid COVID-19 Democracy Now! Free Speech TV India Latin America South Africa United States Vaccination Vaccine Vaccines World Trade Organization

Health

Rising Up With Sonali

Did Kansas Prove Ballot Measures Can Restore Abortion Rights?

Did Kansas Prove Ballot Measures Can Restore Abortion Rights?

The Aware Show With Lisa Garr

Are Dreams Windows to the Soul?

Are Dreams Windows to the Soul?

The Stephanie Miller Show

The Pact Act and Trump's Missing Messages

The Pact Act and Trump's Missing Messages

Rising Up With Sonali

The Future of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Future of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Stephanie Miller Show

Joyce White Vance Joins the Crew!

Joyce White Vance Joins the Crew!

The Randi Rhodes' Show

What Evidence Is At Mar-A-Lago?

What Evidence Is At Mar-A-Lago?

Democracy Now!

Biden to End Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy; Immigrants Face Ongoing Trauma, Separation

Biden to End Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy; Immigrants Face Ongoing Trauma, Separation

Democracy Now!

"Bogus Charge": FBI Raids African People's Socialist Party; Group Dismisses Russian Influence Claims

"Bogus Charge": FBI Raids African People's Socialist Party; Group Dismisses Russian Influence Claims

Related

Democracy Now!

Biden to End Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy; Immigrants Face Ongoing Trauma, Separation

Biden to End Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy; Immigrants Face Ongoing Trauma, Separation

Democracy Now!

"Bogus Charge": FBI Raids African People's Socialist Party; Group Dismisses Russian Influence Claims

"Bogus Charge": FBI Raids African People's Socialist Party; Group Dismisses Russian Influence Claims

Democracy Now!

Albuquerque's Muslim Community Mourns 4 Killed as Suspect Arrested, Calls for Counseling & Support

Albuquerque's Muslim Community Mourns 4 Killed as Suspect Arrested, Calls for Counseling & Support

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 10, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 10, 2022

Proud Partners