Episode 88: Ellen 'T Hoen on Waiving Patents to Support Global Access to COVID Vaccines
The global struggle for access to COVID-19 vaccines took a dramatic turn recently as the Biden Administration in the United States unexpectedly reversed its longstanding opposition to a patent waiver designed to facilitate access to vaccines in the developing world. The shift seemingly caught many by surprise. Pharmaceutical companies were quick to voice opposition and U.S. allies found themselves being asked to take positions. That was certainly the case in Canada, where the Canadian government has steadfastly refused to support the waiver with repeated claims that it had yet to make a decision. Ellen ‘t Hoen is the director of Medicines Law & Policy with over 30 years of experience working on pharmaceutical and intellectual property policies. She joins the podcast to talk about the fight for a patent waiver and the implications of the Biden decision for global access to COVID vaccines.
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