The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has deleted a post he made on Twitter regarding the need to waive intellectual rights for vaccines.
In the tweet, Borrell quoted US economist Joseph Stiglitz as saying, “at one point, scaling up vaccination efforts by waiving intellectual property rights will be needed to globally combat COVID-19 pandemic.”
However, the Spanish politician immediately deleted the tweet, prompting a sardonic reaction from the European left group in the European Parliament:
“Today we welcome another supporter of the #TRIPSWaiver, thanks @JosepBorrelF for your work on #VaccineEquality! … next time, don’t delete the tweet!”
On 13 April, Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides acknowledged the need to accelerate production of COVID-19 vaccines but stressed that lifting patents is not a way forward and that other options are under consideration.