Coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccines, intellectual property, preparedness, patents, public-private partnerships, CEPI, patent pledge
The COVID-19 pandemic has shed renewed light on the importance of research and development (R&D) on biopharmaceutical products needed to prevent or lessen the burden posed by outbreaks of infectious diseases. Among these, the need for new vaccines has become of paramount importance. While a race to develop different types of vaccines unfolds at unusual speed, there are still significant shortcomings in the ecosystem that leads to the production and dissemination of vaccines targeting infectious diseases like COVID-19.
Santos Rutschman, Ana, Vaccines and IP Preparedness in the Coronavirus Outbreak (May 18, 2020). Northwestern University Law Review of Note, 2020. Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3604336