Swaminathan (Soumya swaminathan) insisted that the only weapon to combat this epidemic is vaccination at large levels, which has never happened before.
WHO Scientist Soumya Swaminathan (File Photo)
World Health Organization Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminath said that the World Health Organization strongly believes that TRIPS, the trade rights over the vaccine, should be removed. Swaminathan said that ‘WHO supports the proposal to remove trips from India and South Africa and believes that it should be relaxed. World Health Organization chief Tedros has talked about this many times before. This is not the time to worry about profits and patents.
In October last year, India and South Africa, along with 57 members of the World Trade Organization, proposed an exemption in certain provisions of the TRIPS agreement for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. However, experts agree that negotiations in this matter may take a long time. Swaminathan said that it would take a long time to make the vaccine. Till the patent is not enforced, companies will get time to learn from it.
Vaccination sole weapon
Swaminathan stressed that the only right to combat this epidemic is to do vaccination at a large level, which has never happened before. For this, it is necessary to strengthen global efforts against COVID-19 and build new technology and effective tools. Swaminathan did not set any time limit on how long the provisions of trips can be relaxed.
Our strategy should be of cooperation.
He said that if a company shares any information related to the making of the vaccine and its specialization according to its desire, then there is a need to wait for it. These waiver provisions are not to stop anyone. He said that our strategy against the epidemic should be of global unity and cooperation.
Right use of supplies is necessary at this time
Due to vaccination on a large scale, the supply can be reduced, in such a situation, we have to use the existing supply with our brain. So that the vaccine can be made available to those who need it most. The Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization said that the second wave of epidemic in India is affecting the health structure of the country badly.
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