Médecins Sans Frontières backs calls to make Covid vaccines patent-free
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Médecins Sans Frontières backs calls to make Covid vaccines patent-free Big pharmaceutical firms are hindering efforts to tackle pandemic through monopolies and patents, activists argue Poorer nations fear being cut off from the coming wave of Covid vaccines Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned Western nations they will end up on the “wrong side of history” if they continue to block a campaign to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines and treatments. The international medical humanitarian agency has called on wealthy countries, including the UK, to sign-up to a proposal from India and South Africa that would suspend intellectual property rights for Covid drugs and vaccines as long as the pandemic lasts. Talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the plan began last month and have been supported by 99 nations, but many richer countries including the UK, the United States and the EU have so far resisted the proposal.