Swadeshi Jagran Manch seeks patent waiver for vaccines and drugs
RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) urged the World Trade Organization (WTO) to relax the provisions of its Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for patent-free access to the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs.
The SJM said it runs 3,000 programs, as well as several organizations of workers, farmers, small traders, industrial organizations, academic institutions and civil society groups, in 20 countries, including India, June 20 to support its “Vaccine Without Patent” campaign.
Campaigners want global pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily transfer technology, raw material sources and trade secrets to other pharmaceutical companies in order to facilitate the production of vaccines and patent-free medicines. They also called on governments to use their sovereign rights to allow more pharmaceutical companies to manufacture vaccines and urged citizens, parliamentarians, civil society organizations, opinion makers, academics and others to support this campaign for humanity.
“In the past 16 months, 38.76 lakhs worldwide and 3.87 lakhs in India have died from COVID-19. Although countries like Israel, USA, UK, Norway, etc. have almost controlled new coronavirus infections and deaths by vaccinating the majority of their adult populations, most countries are still reeling from the pandemic. To protect the people of the crown, the world needs about 14 billion doses of vaccine, whereas in the last 6 months or so, only 200 crore of vaccine doses could be produced by the eight pharmaceutical companies, ”said Ashwani Mahajan, national co-organizer of the SJM.
“At the current rate, it may take another two to three years for the eligible global population to be immunized. It is imperative to immunize all people everywhere at a much faster rate, because“ no one will be safe until everyone is safe. is safe, ”Mahajan added.
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According to SJM, patent law and intellectual property rights under WTO TRIPS provisions are an obstacle to the mass production of COVID-19 vaccines because they do not allow other pharmaceutical companies to manufacture these. vaccines.
“Patent laws must be relaxed, even if only for a limited period, to increase production of vaccines and drugs to save the world’s 7.87 billion people from the clutches of the crown. At SJM, we believe it is the right of every human being on this earth to obtain affordable vaccines and medicines, ”said Mahajan.
“It should be noted that while people with their representatives all over the world are one on this issue and support India and South Africa’s proposal for a TRIPS waiver for vaccines and drugs, greedy companies and their partisan governments in some countries are obstacles to the smooth passage of this resolution at the WTO, “he said.
SJM said that a signing campaign for “universal access to vaccines and medicines” has so far received the support of 14 lakhs from across the country and around the world, and that a petition will be submitted to the WTO, to the governments of different countries and to companies on their way to this noble cause of vaccines and medicines for all.
The SJM welcomed the decision of the WTO at its meeting on June 9, 2021 to start negotiations on the basis of a text on the TRIPS waiver, based on India’s proposal and from South Africa.
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