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

27th April, 2021
Amnesty chief calls state’s position on vaccine rights waiver ‘oxymoronic’
Colm O’Gorman, the chief executive of Amnesty Ireland, says the Covax scheme could only provide a ‘fraction’ of the doses needed to keep the pandemic at bay worldwide

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.

“It’s...

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