Human Rights Watch supports SA’s call to scrap Covid-19 patents
HRW says governments have an obligation to ensure the benefits of research funded with public money are shared as widely as possible
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on governments around the world to support SA and India’s proposal to waive aspects of global intellectual property laws to ensure affordable and accessible Covid-19 vaccines, once safe and effective products have been developed.
On October 2, the two countries asked the World Trade Organisation to let nations choose not to grant or enforce patents and other intellectual property rights related to Covid-19 tests, treatments and vaccines for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic...
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