Intellectual property rights
Bill Gates’ Stand on Intellectual Property Is Facing a Pushback

Alexander Zaitchik discuss Bill Gates’ recent comments on intellectual property rights in the context of COVID-19 vaccines, his long history as a spokesperson for Big Pharma, and the various struggles across the world for a fairer IPR regime and health for all

Explained: How Intellectual Property Rights are blocking vaccine production

What is standing in the way of expanding production and carrying out mass vaccination campaigns across the world?

How pharma companies created a bottleneck in vaccine distribution

Private pharma companies and developed nations have created a bottleneck in vaccine distribution through the use of patents and legislation

Lack of political will and IPR rules stand in the way of mass vaccination for COVID-19

A proposal made by India and South Africa in October last year to waive certain Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of COVID vaccines has gained massive support across the world. Despite its potential to prevent millions of avoidable deaths, the US and its allies continue to block the proposal at the WTO.

Publishing giants sue those trying to make knowledge accessible for all

Three of the world’s most profitable publishing houses have filed a case in Delhi High Court against Sci-Hub and Libgen

How can countries overcome US monopoly over Remdesivir?

After making America sick again, president Donald Trump is trying to compensate for his administration’s failure by buying up the entire stock of Remdesivir from Gilead for the next three months for the US, and leaving nothing for the rest of the world.

US declares vaccine war on the world

What prevents any country from making drugs and vaccines, once developed? Is it the threat of the US, or the belief that in the US-China vaccine war, they need to be on the US side?

World Health Assembly 2020 Mixed outcomes at the ‘COVID-19 World Health Assembly’

The 73rd World Health Assembly saw the US continue its attack on China and the World Health Organization. The WHA recognized immunization as a global public health good but failed to do the same for vaccines

Global north has forgotten that private sector wants ill-health

The increasing corporatisation of the health sector has meant that private interests not only play a huge role in determining policy, but also control licensing. This is a threat for countries like India.

How can we confront patent regimes in the fight against COVID-19?

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about issues around intellectual property rights in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

RCEP RCEP: As deadline looms, trade unions call out dangerous clauses

Negotiators representing 16 countries have been tasked with arriving at an agreement on the controversial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by October 19 but trade unions say the deal has grave consequences

PepsiCo withdraws cases against nine farmers following global outrage

PepsiCo’s decision to sue the nine farmers to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars had led to a campaign to boycott its products in the country

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