Article by Public Citizen Director in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
First, the Waiver. Next, let’s Vaccinate the World.
By Peter Maybarduk
“The U.S. government’s announcement Wednesday that it will enter negotiations to waive World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property rules is a victory for democratizing technology, for rebalancing power toward governments and away from corporations, and for the power of countries working together to fight the global pandemic. This may also be the most significant departure from the U.S. government’s longstanding commitment to global pharmaceutical monopolies since that regime was first introduced via NAFTA negotiations 30 years ago.”