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The US has agreed to ‘free the vaccine’, but will it work? Allison Bailey / Alamy Stock Photo

US-backed vaccine patent waiver: pros and cons explained

It’s not clear whether the TRIPS agreement is what’s getting in the way of vaccine supply, and waiving intellectual property rights may stifle future innovation.
A medic administers a COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai. India and South Africa have led efforts to get a waiver on intellectual property rights. Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Intellectual property and COVID-19 medicines: why a WTO waiver may not be enough

A waiver may not allow all developing countries to secure medicines and other anti-COVID technologies in a timely way.

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