The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a new light on the necessity of addressing health inequalities across the globe.
As the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has remarked on several occasions, the pandemic will not end until everyone is protected globally.
However, measures such as putting in place export restrictions and refusing to suspend intellectual property (IP) rights on vaccines and treatment have been criticised for limiting vaccine access in poorer countries.
In this report, EURACTIV explores how the COVID emergency may provide an impetus for boosting global preparedness for future public health crises through international cooperation.
A series of protests have been staged in front of the European Commission and at a vaccine manufacturing plant in Belgium, calling for temporarily lifting of the intellectual property (IP) rights of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
The world needs to rethink intellectual property rights to get ready for the next pandemic and Europe has to do its part as a constructive partner at the negotiating table, Belgian socialist MEP Kathleen Van Brempt told EURACTIV in an interview.
After more than a year blanketed by the pandemic—communities, economies, and health systems in the European Union and beyond continue to be devastated. It is all too clear that the world is in desperate need of an immediate and novel …