“More than 500 days have passed since – in the midst of the spreading Covid-19 pandemic – the governments of South Africa and India submitted a request to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to temporarily suspend patents. A request guided by global principles. Whilst more than 100 countries, mainly from the Global South, supported the request, the majority of industrialised nations sought to defend economic interests instead of health imperatives, rejecting the request. A compromise proposal has since been put on the table, negotiated by the EU, the US, India and South Africa. Spoiler: It falls drastically short of the aim of global vaccine equity.”

Report by Anne Jung, medico international, 22 March 2022
Read the full text here: https://www.medico.de/en/too-little-too-late-18564