Pope Francis on Saturday supported waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, backing a proposal by U.S. President Joe Biden that has been rebuffed by some European nations, together with Germany.
In a speech to a world fundraising live performance to advertise truthful entry to vaccines, the pope mentioned the world was contaminated with the “virus of individualism.”
“A variant of this virus is closed nationalism, which prevents, for instance, an internationalism of vaccines,” he mentioned within the pre-recorded video message.
“One other variant is after we put the legal guidelines of the market or of intellectual market or intellectual property over the legal guidelines of affection and the well being of humanity,” he added, recalling the heavy dying toll the coronavirus had inflicted on the world.
His feedback got here in the course of a debate over whether or not pharmaceutical corporations ought to waive patent safety for COVID-19 vaccines.
Biden backed such a transfer on Wednesday, heeding calls from India, South Africa and greater than 100 different nations.
Nevertheless, many European nations, led by Germany and France, distanced themselves on Friday from the suggestion, arguing that key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic was making and sharing vaccines extra rapidly.