Pope Francis, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has called for vaccination patents to be abandoned so that everyone in the world can have access to a sting.
The religious figurehead supported the campaign calling on pharmaceutical giants to suspend vaccination patents in order to improve supplies to poorer countries.
In a video message to the Vax live eventFrancis supported “universal access to the vaccine and the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights”.
And he added his condemnation of the “virus of individualism” which “makes us indifferent to the suffering of others”.
“One variant of this virus is closed nationalism, which prevents vaccines from internationalism, for example,” he told Vax Live, an online charity concert that aired this weekend in aid of the international Covid vaccination effort. ”
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Although Meghan was very pregnant, she prepared a recorded piece for coverage of the Vax Live concert.
Meghan, who is expecting a girl this summer, spoke about issues related to the Covid pandemic and women’s empowerment.
The event follows experts who fear that half a million cases a day could soon be registered in India due to the lack of oxygen in hospitals.
Together with the royals Jennifer Lopez, J. Balvin, Foo Fighters and H.E.R. Appearances by celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen, Gayle King and Ben Affleck supported the event, which took place on May 8th.
The Biden government also supports the campaign, which announced it supports calls by India and South Africa – and many Congress Democrats – to end intellectual property protection for Covid vaccines.
“This is a global health crisis and the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures,” said Katherine Tai, North America’s sales representative.
“The government is a firm believer in the protection of intellectual property, but supports the waiver of this protection for Covid-19 vaccines in the service of ending this pandemic.”
But the claims are fiercely opposed by major drug manufacturers, who argue that this would set a precedent that could threaten future innovation, said Albert Bourla, chief executive officer of Pfizer.
A lack of vaccine manufacturing facilities was not the problem.
“The limitation is the lack of the highly specialized raw materials needed to make our vaccine,” he argued.
According to Bourla, Pfizer’s vaccines required 280 different materials and components from 19 countries.
Without patent protection, companies would start competing for the same ingredients.
The result would be disruptions in the flow of these valuable raw materials, he argued.
“Currently, virtually every gram of raw material produced is immediately delivered to our manufacturing facilities and is instantly and reliably switched to vaccines that are immediately shipped around the world,” he said Guardian.
Other scientists have warned that allowing inexperienced operators to attempt to start making vaccines on a large scale is very risky. They argue this could cause people to experience side effects.