Russia supports the idea of removing patent protection from vaccines for coronavirus infection, said Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko.
“In order to increase the availability of vaccines, the Russian Federation supports the idea of removing patent protection from vaccines for a new coronavirus infection,” Murashko said at the World Health Assembly.
Earlier, Vladimir Putin instructed to work out the issue of removing patent protection from anti-COVID19.
A proposal to suspend patents for coronavirus drugs was put forward by India and South Africa in the WTO in 2020. The call was supported by almost 60 countries, including the United States. The debate in the WTO is caused by fears that developed countries are seriously ahead of other states in terms of vaccination rates.
Several South Korean biopharmaceutical companies are negotiating an alliance to co-produce COVID-19 vaccines in anticipation of patent waivers in the world.