Despite Border Tensions, India-Pakistan Together On This Issue

Decades of tensions between India and Pakistan have seldom helped them get closer, but the Corona virus epidemic has brought the two traditional rivals closer together. What’s more, this closeness is only temporary.

The Corona epidemic has affected more than 10 million people in India and Pakistan and killed thousands, and both countries are now pushing for vaccines made in the United States and Europe to protect their citizens from the Corona virus.

India, along with South Africa, has applied to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for temporary changes to the vaccine patent, which, if approved, could reduce the cost of the covid vaccine. Pakistan has also supported the request.

Reacting to this, the Pakistani Foreign Office said in a statement that since the outbreak of the epidemic, Pakistan has been emphasizing the need for the international community to combine technical expertise and resources to develop the corona vaccine, according to BBC urdu.

The statement said the matter was still under consideration and a possible decision was expected early next year.

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The members of the World Trade Organization have been following a common principle of international trade since 1995.

These members have signed a trade-related agreement called ‘Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights’ or TRIPS, which aims to ensure that companies” intellectual property rights’ are not used without permission.

In the current situation, this means that the Covid 19 vaccine produced in one country will not be able to be developed locally by another country unless both countries agree to it or until the World Trade Organization approves it. Do not allow.

But many countries are not able to develop these vaccines or they will not have the resources and capabilities to develop them despite the World Trade Organization or a bilateral agreement. Due to which they will have to import this vaccine from other countries at high prices.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) said in a statement that “in view of the global emergency, it is important for WTO members to work together to ensure that vaccines and medicines are researched, developed, produced and codified.” Do not interfere with the supply of essential medicines to combat the disease.

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The petition added that global solidarity was needed to prevent the Corona epidemic as soon as possible, and that joint technical expertise and resources were needed at the joint level.

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. The proposal was first tabled on October 2, and WTO members will now renegotiate it.

According to the New York Times, more than 100 of the 164 members of the World Trade Organization have supported the proposal.

In the past, many developing countries have developed drugs under ‘generic medicine’, the basic formula, which is cheaper because of such concerns. But if such a request is not accepted by a country, such an act is considered a violation of WTO patent law.


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