U.S. President Joe Biden, riding high in the polls, raised his 100-day administration record in his speech at a joint congressional hearing on Wednesday. Focusing on his remarks, especially on the COVID-19 crisis, Biden spoke of how America is “leading the world and” finding drugs “in communities that are hard to reach.”
But Biden, striking out nationalism, has said nothing about helping the world in what continues to be a global epidemic. And with the prioritization of the first president – COVID-19 – now out of control in India and other developing countries, health experts say Biden is ignoring his promise to stand up for vaccines for the most needy nations. Ultimately, that would exacerbate an unprecedented health problem and put the United States itself at risk, critics say.
The key issue is whether the authorities will accept the six-month proposal made by India and South Africa to temporarily revoke patents and patents in order to accelerate global production of vaccines. Critics say Biden is more than willing to take care of the big ************** companies, despite significant efforts to reach an agreement with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai. In a speech earlier this month, Tai itself warned of “the divisions between developed and developing countries when it comes to access to medicines.”
“Biden is starting his stay at the White House, bringing millions of people who have been waiting for years to get vaccinated,” said Gregg Gonsalves, a gynecologist at Yale School of Public Health. “We need to crush COVID now, not in 2022, 2023, or 2024. Right now, Biden is punishing, relying on theater ideas – promising 60 million doses from AstraZeneca where billions are needed – rather than resorting to bold policy.”
Such a policy would include the rapid transfer of technology in India and other countries in need of assistance, as well as production capacity. These ideas have been widely shared by some health experts around the world who say the ************** industry has less demand for intellectual property rights in vaccines than usual because billions of American taxpayers went into making these vaccines quickly. For example, the U.S. government Funded 100 percent of Modern vaccine activity to get U.S. approval. Food and Drug Administration, reports Public Citizen, a defense group. Pfizer received a $ 1.95 billion government contract.
“I am completely confused by the huge leadership gap in this issue,” said Matthew Kavanagh of Georgetown University’s Global Health Policy and Politics Initi. “I would have thought that this would actually be done in the first few months, and here it is almost the first 100 days. The world is waiting. ”
India and Brazil in particular have new cases of COVID-19, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on Biden this week to support the issuance of patents in the wake of the second major wave of the epidemic. India has reported at least 300,000 new diseases every day in the past week, and the area where cremation is said to be operating non-stop.
Ironically, India is the world’s largest vaccine maker, with Modi offering the world’s free vaccines under the controversial “vaccination policy” starting in January. But suddenly, India is in a state of despair, having vaccinated less than 6 percent of its nearly 1.4 billion people as new developments of COVID-19 emerge – and experts believe that these species are now spreading to other countries, including the United States .
Management officials say Tai has been actively trying to resolve the issue of ownership, as it has asked for ideas in recent days from major ************** companies such as Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca; a man in charge of COVID-19 in charge, Anthony Fauci; Seth Berkley of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a global public-private partnership that oversees the distribution of vaccines; Bill Gates; and other public health advocates. There seems to be room for relaxation: Final fall Moderna President Stephen Hoge has said the company will not enforce the patents related to the COVID vaccine as long as the epidemic continues. Gates, who has personally spent billions of dollars on global health as part of his foundation, said giving up IP rights too soon could create security problems.
The president has been looking for a solution, said management, but in the end he has to work with the same ************** companies that, through their debt, delivered the drugs on time. “I don’t believe we’re dealing with irrational people here,” said Priti Krishtel, founder of I-MAK, a major defense group that supports widespread access to medicine. “I think we live by a market-based system. The epidemic has also shown that the ways in which we build our economies are not fully balanced. ”
However, some critics suggest that Bididen, with long-standing doubts about the issue, could risk breaking a promise he made last July when the then Democratic leader of the party said he would “never, never” allow patents to stop accessing vaccines around the world. At the time, Biden criticized his predecessor, Donald Trump, for doing so, saying that his patent protection policies did not have “human dignity.” Biden added: “It is not a good thing to do. It is our passion to do it. ”
Vaccine advocates say Biden is trying to avoid confrontation with the ************** industry and the Republicans at a time when he has been frustrated by having his major domestic plans approved. In his speech Wednesday, Biden dropped his third plan of nearly $ 2 trillion in several months. To help pay for it, he is asking Congress to approve a $ 1.5 trillion tax increase that will hit the wealthy Americans, while Republicans are on the brink.
For weeks, management has failed to provide a definitive answer to questions about copyright issues. Officials point to Biden’s signing of a $ 4 billion investment