Australia not yet decided on supporting temporarily waiving patents on COVID-19 vaccines

In Senate budget hearings, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne stated the  Australian government had yet to take a position to publicly support proposals for patent waivers for COVID-19 vaccines.

The USA and New Zealand have already publicly supported India and South Africa’s proposal to allow such temporary waivers, proposed to promote better access and vaccine equity for poorer countries.

An open letter signed by 150 legal experts and lawyers had urged Australia's Prime Minister to support waving these patents. Some 50,000 people have also signed a petition presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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