Greek PM calls for patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccine to help countries in need – Xinhua
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (left) welcomes Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to the Greek Prime Minister’s office in Athens, Greece, May 10, 2021. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited Greece on Monday to attend the 6th Delphi Economic Forum. (Photo by Michalis Karayannis / Xinhua)
ATHENS, May 10 (Xinhua) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday called for waiving patent-protected intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines to speed up production to help countries in need.
“The health crisis has highlighted more than anything the need for joint action to deal with the threats,” Mitsotakis said after a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez in Athens.
“The main issue today is how we are going to enable, using all the means at our disposal, the production of more vaccines and export them unhindered to the countries in need,” said the Greek national broadcaster. ERT.
“Thanks to the vaccination, we can feel more optimistic about the pandemic,” said the Spanish leader, adding that the vaccinations pave the way for economic recovery.
As the world struggles to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in a growing number of countries with already licensed coronavirus vaccines.
Meanwhile, 280 vaccine candidates are still in development around the world – 97 of them in clinical trials – in countries like Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to the ‘World Health Organization.
Mitsotakis and Sanchez, as well as Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who also visited the Greek capital on Monday, expressed their strong support for the digital green certificate, introduced by the European Commission and which is expected to be implemented from June to help ease restrictions on essential non-travel to the European Union (EU).
The ‘green pass’ will be granted to EU residents who can prove they have been vaccinated and to those who have recently tested negative or can prove they have recovered from the infection.
The three prime ministers, along with other leaders, participated in the Delphi VI Economic Forum which is held in Athens and online Monday through Saturday.
More than 1,000 guest speakers from some 40 countries are expected to take part in discussions on topics such as the global economy, climate change, technology and health. Enditem