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Transatlantic Left Voices

The Left Must Demand an End to Vaccine Inequality

One of the most effective ways to address critical vaccine shortages would be to use existing World Trade Organization rules to carve out a patent exception to COVID vaccines. This would allow drug companies in the Global South and elsewhere to produce generic versions of the most effective vaccines for local and regional use. Unfortunately, powerful interests are lobbying hard against such a waiver, and intellectual property restrictions on vaccine manufacture are threatening global efforts to fight the pandemic.

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