Opinion: Intellectual property waiver for COVID vaccines should be expanded to include treatments and tests


Global inequities in access to COVID vaccines have turned out to be a “catastrophic moral failure,” just as the World Health Organization warned they would in January 2021. Yet it took 20 months of negotiations for members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to agree to a limited relaxation of patent rules for COVID vaccines—a move decried by civil society organizations as too little, too late.

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