IPRs & WTO waivers in the time of COVID-194 min read 28 Feb 2021, 04:35 PM IST
Developing countries have sought for a waiver from the WTO in the TRIPS agreement that would allow for IPRs to be relaxed in favour of freely sharing anti-COVID-19 developments
This is yet another example of the conflict between public health concerns and IPRs
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the universal call of the hour has been for access to and the production of efficacious vaccines, essential equipment such as ventilators, and technology such as copyright-protected virus-tracing software. The race to produce such vaccines, equipment, and technology has brought light to tensions between holistic public health interests and intellectual property rights (IPRs).