The quest to vaccinate the world: Considering the global impact of waiving patent rights for COVID vaccines

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 09:00

The rapid development of new COVID-19 vaccines and treatments over the past year is a triumph of innovation. Billions of vaccine doses are being manufactured and should be distributed to all adults globally over the next 18 months. But some argue that suspending intellectual property (IP) rights to allow any company to manufacture vaccines will mean faster access for developing countries. These arguments have culminated in a proposal at the World Trade Organization for a temporary global waiver on COVID-19-related IP rights.

Please join the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for a discussion on the role of IP rights in vaccine and therapeutic R&D, manufacturing, and preparedness for future pandemics. A panel of international experts will discuss the best ways to scale up mass vaccine and therapeutic manufacturing and examine the implications that would arise from a global waiver of IP rights.

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