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Healthcare & Life Sciences

09 June 2021
Joanne van Harmelen Would a TRIPS waiver improve access to COVID-19 vaccines?

International - ENSafrica

A recent proposal calls for a waiver for all World Trade Organisation members of certain provisions of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in relation to the "prevention, containment or treatment" of COVID-19. However, without the voluntary cooperation of vaccine originator companies, a significant or rapid increase in the production of vaccines by third-party manufacturers is unlikely. This article discusses some of the limitations of the proposed TRIPS waiver.

Author: Joanne van Harmelen
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Maria Luisa Mendoza New leadership brings changes to health regulation

Mexico - Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC

Alejandro Ernesto Svarch-Pérez was recently appointed as the new head of the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), the Mexican regulatory agency. With the change of leadership, various new sources of information have become available for regulated companies and the public in general. These initiatives revive COFEPRIS's image and provide hope to regulated industries and life sciences lawyers.

Author: Maria Luisa Mendoza
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