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Humanity cannot afford a COVID‑19 patent battle

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posted on 2023-05-20, 16:34 authored by Dianne NicolDianne Nicol, Jane NielsenJane Nielsen

The development of vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 requires a concerted global commitment to share research.

Global research effort is usually highly competitive and undertaken by diverse parties. In the COVID-19 context, this may result in discrepancy between the amount of public funding available and the cost of developing effective vaccines.

Intellectual property rights (particularly patents) on the technology behind vaccines can encourage innovation and safeguard investment in research and development. However, they can slow down development. Finding the right balance and coordinating a rapid response to this pandemic is vital.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen Australia, and other countries, committing promptly to contributing toward a shared research and funding effort.


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