The Government indicates that the suspension of patents “leads the way” but it is not enough. The Government has pointed out that it is necessary to “strengthen the transfer of knowledge and technology, increase the global production of vaccines and accelerate their distribution throughout the planet.”
The Government of Spain has indicated this Thursday that the temporary suspension of the patents of the vaccines developed against the coronavirus raised by the Biden administration “marks the way” although it has warned that “the exemption alone is not enough to guarantee access to the developing countries”.
As reported by Moncloa, the temporary suspension ” may take some time to approve and, in the meantime, pharmaceutical companies are required to be flexible by speeding up the granting of voluntary licenses . ”
The Government has also pointed out that it is necessary to “strengthen the transfer of knowledge and technology, increase the global production of vaccines and accelerate their distribution throughout the planet.”
At this point, the Executive has explained that a proposal has just been circulated in the form of a ‘Non Paper’ that addresses these elements and that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will take to the European Social Summit that begins this Friday in Porto .
In this context, the Government has appreciated the gesture of the United States to support the abolition of patents for vaccines against covid-19. “We value the gesture of the United States very positively,” diplomatic sources have commented, recognizing, in line with what was expressed yesterday by Washington, that “it is true that we are in an extraordinary situation and we must be willing to take extraordinary measures” and recalling that the EU has already ruled on this line.
The Government considers it “very positive” that this issue is now going to be tackled together in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and ensures that this problem is being studied “in depth” .
The Government will propose concrete measures
Moreover, the sources have added, that the Government “is going to propose concrete measures to its partners,” including “the implementation of a system that helps match latent capabilities in different countries.”
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, had already announced during the Ibero-American Summit in Andorra two weeks ago that he was preparing a proposal on patents. Moncloa sources have indicated to Europa Press that the proposal has not yet been presented, but it will be done “in the near future.”
Then, Sánchez said that it seemed “relevant” to discuss this issue and argued that intellectual property rights “cannot be stopped, they have to be one of the solutions to guarantee the vaccination of the world population as soon as possible.”
Spain wants to “lead within the EU and the WTO a debate on patents and on equitable and universal accessibility to the vaccine,” he said, anticipating that the Government “is already working on a proposal that we will put forward to the members of the EU and within the WTO “.