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Podcast: Pharma insiders clash over COVID IP waiver

Guests from IFPMA, Knowledge Ecology International and Gowling WLG debate the necessity of waiving IP rights to COVID-19 vaccines

Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden shocked the pharmaceutical industry with his declared support for an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines.

In this special podcast, reporter Charlotte Kilpatrick moderates a debate between Komal Kalha, lead for IP and trade policy at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations; James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International; and Gordon Harris, partner at Gowling WLG.

In this heated debate, guests discuss the flexibilities of the TRIPS Agreement, know-how gaps, and whether the waiver – if implemented – could undermine incentives for future pharmaceutical research.

To listen to the 30-minute debate, click the link below.




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