Opinion: Waiving intellectual property rights is a flawed solution to achieving Covid-19 vaccine equity

When the history of the Covid-19 pandemic is written, readers will be as stunned by the flagrant collective flaw in not getting vaccines to all those who needed them as they will by the remarkable successes in vaccine and drug development.

A huge failure has been the global health care community’s inability to meet its moral obligation to older adults, people living with chronic conditions, and others in low- and middle-income countries who are most susceptible to developing severe cases of Covid-19 or dying from it. The inequitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is not the fault of any single entity. The global health care community as a whole — governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, the biopharmaceutical industry, and others — has failed on its promise to leave no one behind.

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