EDITORIAL: US IP waiver backing is welcome but small step to end vaccine apartheid
Having the support of the US is a step towards an expanded global vaccine distribution programme
In an unexpected but most welcome U-turn, the US last week joined SA and India in calling for the waiver on typical intellectual property rules for Covid-19 shots, treatments and other measures until the world reaches herd immunity.
SA and India have been championing the case to suspend protections covering industrial design, patents, trade secrets and copyrights since October 2020, rightly framing the campaign as an opportunity for the world to push back against nationalism and embrace global solidarity. ..