TRIPS Waiver Negotiators Reach Compromise, But Getting Consensus Is Uncertain
Proposed agreement limits waiver of certain patent rights to COVID-19 vaccines with potential to extend to COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics. India, South Africa, US and EU have agreed to the compromise but whether it becomes final depends on other WTO member countries.
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Intellectual property became front page news in 2021 as the pandemic ignited a debate on the role of patents in accessing COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. 2022 will see a decision on the TRIPS waiver, a new USPTO director, and action on a pending march-in petition.
Drug manufacturers still have a variety of ways to limit the impact of the Biden administration’s historic decision. Whether the huge political loss for industry translates into more than just headline-risk or faster global COVID vaccination remains to be seen. It's also not clear whether it’s an ominous sign for other industry battles in the US, including the drug pricing debate.
Seeking To Provide ‘The Best Clarity Possible,’ ACIP Votes For COVID Vaccine Booster In Children 5-11
CDC advisory committee recommends Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine booster, but one member votes ‘no,’ citing concern that only 29% of children ages 5 to 11 have received the primary two-dose series and arguing the focus should be on additional vaccinations, not additional doses.