Brazil seeks “3rd path” to Covid-19 patent/waiver deadlock at WTO

Brazil is opposed to a WTO moratorium on patents, but will support an intermediate solution, says its Foreign Ministry.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Between the so-called vaccine nationalism and the broad permission for patent breach in the fight against Covid-19, as proposed by India and South Africa, Brazil will commit to supporting a "third path" as a way to overcome the deadlock in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The debate revolves around a generalized moratorium on the agreement that regulates intellectual property rights (known by the acronym TRIPS). Organizations such as Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, and Doctors Without Borders are pressuring the Jair Bolsonaro government to join the group coordinated by the Indians and South Africans, which . . .

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