Olga Gurgula, ‘Compulsory Licensing vs the IP Waiver: What Is the Best Way to End the COVID-19 Pandemic?’

ABSTRACT
This policy brief examines the currently discussed proposals at the WTO that aim to resolve the problem of the production shortages of COVID-19 vaccines. This includes the two key submissions, ie the proposal by South Africa and India on the IP waiver, partially supported by the US, and the EU proposal to clarify the use of compulsory licensing. While each of these mechanisms may help to improve the production of COVID-19 vaccines to various degrees, there is intense debate about which of these proposals is the most effective. This policy brief outlines the strengths and weaknesses of each of them with a view to informing the policy decisions by WTO members on the best way to promptly accelerate the vaccine production that is urgently needed today. It concludes that the proposed IP waiver is a more effective solution for addressing the current emergency.

Gurgula, Olga, Compulsory Licensing vs the IP Waiver: What Is the Best Way to End the COVID-19 Pandemic? (October 17, 2021). Policy Brief 104, October 2021, The South Centre.

First posted 2021-11-04 14:00:17

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