Brazil’s Senate passed law allowing suspension of vaccine patents during health emergencies

The bill was endorsed by 61 senators with 13 voting against, and had previously been passed by the Chamber of Deputies, now requiring only the presidential approval.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian Senate on Wednesday (11) passed a bill allowing the government to temporarily suspend vaccine and drug patents during health emergencies, such as the current coronavirus pandemic.

The bill amending the Industrial Property Law sets the rules for the government to suspend patents or patent applications for vaccines or medicines in the event of a declaration of national or international emergency, "without prejudice to the rights of the holder, provided that it fails to cover demand."

"Brazil is in a position to produce vaccines and medicines without having to depend on other countries. This is . . .

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