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Clamour for sharing vaccine tech and IPR grows louder by states; puts Centre under pressure

The central government, however, believes that the exercise of statutory powers would be 'counter-productive’ at this stage and is actively engaging itself with global organisations at a diplomatic level to find out a solution in the best possible interest of India.

May 11, 2021 / 09:38 PM IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on May 11 wrote letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking the Centre to nudge the COVID-19 vaccine makers to transfer technology or else exercise patent waiver provisions to allow other manufacturers to produce the vaccines.

Kejriwal in his letter to the Prime Minister urged the government to push the two Indian companies, the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech to share the formula of their COVID-19 vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin with other manufacturers.

The Delhi Chief Minister said the manufacturers can pay royalty to both the companies.

He further demanded that the government should also consider use of patent waiver flexibilities available under the domestic law.