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No evidence that patents slow access to vaccines

Andrei Iancu is a partner at Irell & Manella, a law firm based in Los Angeles, and a senior adviser to the Renewing American Innovation Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He writes: 'Some of those advocating for patent waivers have their hearts in the right place: They want to end the pandemic. But the evidence that setting aside patent protection will do anything to boost access or expand supply just isn’t there. Removing intellectual property protections on medicines will only ensure that we have fewer of them in the future. This is not a risk worth taking, especially when the evidence suggests we don’t need to.'

STAT News - April 13, 2021

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