COVID-19: WHO Supports Pooling Of Rights, MPP Includes Drugs And Tests
Intellectual property rights are in the spotlight again, after the World Health Organization and the Medicines Patent Pool announced initiatives to help ensure that all countries will be able to access products being developed for COVID-19.
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Public health advocates say that commercial concerns must take a back seat to health interests if COVID-19 technologies are to be made available to those who need them. But industry says that relaxing IP protections is not the solution and that many companies have already invested significant amounts of money in potential new treatments and vaccines.
Intellectual property rights are under the microscope as countries prepare to provide affordable and timely access to pandemic technologies.
New medicines under evaluation at the European Medicines Agency.