Amnesty chief calls state’s position on vaccine rights waiver ‘oxymoronic’
Colm O’Gorman says equitable distribution of the vaccine around the world is a public health issue for Ireland but moves to free up intellectual property rights are being blocked
Ireland must urgently pressure the EU to support a temporary waiver of intellectual property (IP) rights for the Covid-19 vaccine, Colm O’Gorman, the chief executive of Amnesty Ireland, has said.
O’Gorman wrote to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar last week urging the government to support a suspension of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips) agreement which many countries say is preventing poorer countries from rolling out vaccination programmes.
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