Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto França assured this Thursday that the Brazilian government opposes the lifting of protection by patents on vaccines against the coronavirus, despite leaving the door open to change your mind while defending a “third way” .
During a public hearing in the Senate, França stated that the government would analyze the United States’ new position on the matter and that the position now being held could be changed if it was to “serve the interests of the country”.
With that in mind, he advocated a “third proposal or a third way” as he has defended that the greatest current bottleneck in access to immunizers and consumables is the physical limits of production capacity, not intellectual property infringement issues.
As a result, the government has defended a strategy that will make it possible “to facilitate the local production of COVID-19 vaccines and give developing countries better access to these vaccines,” according to G1.
Finally, the minister stressed that Brazil will continue to defend the legislation that currently allows the flexibility of intellectual property to improve production and access to vaccines without suspending patents.
It’s not the first time the Brazilian government has submitted this position as it last month opposed the patent suspension bill being debated in Congress as it would be an initiative that could harm the country if approved Delays in the delivery of active ingredients for the manufacture of vaccines could delay the immunization process.
In this decision, too, Germany did not reject the proposal alone, and although the Federal Government has declared that it is “open” to discuss the possibility, it has already made it clear that it fears business “complications”.
Likewise, Chile, Mexico and Canada are defending a third way, as Brazil has proposed, with the aim of encouraging local production of immunizers.
In the case of Canada, although at the moment he has not shown a clear position on the announcement made yesterday by United States President Joe Biden in support of the vaccine intellectual property exemption, the Canadian Minister of Canada has affirmed Commerce, Mary Ng, to support efforts to accelerate the production and distribution of vaccines worldwide.
For its part, Mexico, as interim President of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), has recognized Biden’s announcement, although it has not yet acceded to his request.