Angela Merkel has expressed opposition to the Biden administration’s proposal to suspend intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, saying it would have “serious implications” for vaccine production worldwide, Deutsche welle reports.
The German chancellor thinks the limiting factors in vaccine supply are “production capacities and the high-quality standards, not the patents”.
“The protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and it must remain so in the future,” she said.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis supports waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, backing a proposal by U.S. President Joe Biden that has been rebuffed by some European nations, including Germany.
In a speech to a global fundraising concert to promote fair access to vaccines, the pope said the world was infected with the "virus of individualism".
"A variant of this virus is closed nationalism, which prevents, for example, an internationalism of vaccines," he said in the pre-recorded video message.
"Another variant is when we put the laws of the market or of intellectual market or intellectual property over the laws of love and the health of humanity," he added, recalling the heavy death toll the coronavirus had inflicted on the world.