The signatories stated this in an open letter addressed to US President Joe Biden.
They include former French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as former Polish President Lech Walesa, former Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer and former Slovak Prime Minister Evita Radijova.
India and South Africa submitted an application to suspend patents for covid-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in October last year. In the following months, another 60 countries joined. The signatories call on Biden to do the same for his country.
According to the advocacy, intellectual property protection currently restricts the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, especially in less affluent countries. “At the current rate, many countries will achieve mass immunity against Covid-19 by 2024 at the earliest,” he said.
Biden was also invited because public investment by the United States contributed significantly to the rapid development of covid-19 vaccines. French President Francois Hollande said: “But if the United States supports the suspension of patents, then Europe will also have to shoulder its share of the responsibility.”
According to the two sites, the United States and other developed countries will also benefit from a faster rate of vaccination. In fact, the uncontrolled occurrence of the Corona virus in poor countries, which receive only a small number of vaccines, increases the risk of new mutations of resistance to vaccination. This also increases the risk of a repeat of the coronavirus epidemic.
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