German government opposes patent infringement for Covid-19 vaccines

German Chancellor Angela Merkel | Photo: Arno Mikkor / EU2017EE

The German government opposed the proposal to break intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines, approved on Wednesday (5) by US President Joe Biden. A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the patent infringement had created “serious implications” for vaccine production.

“The limiting factors for vaccine production are manufacturing capacity and high quality standards, not patents,” a German government spokesperson said. “The protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and must remain so. In the future”.

Hours earlier, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had said the European Union (EU) was ready to discuss a US proposal to share Covid-19 vaccine development technology to help to fight against the pandemic, but without making any firm commitment on the issue. Bloc officials say this discussion could take months and that they are unlikely to agree to share breakthrough mRNA vaccine technology with China.

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