A Trip to Inequity: How the TRIPS Agreement Hinders Access to Needed COVID-19 Therapeutics

2023Healthcare Law

Ruchita Jain

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on in much of the world, severely affecting the health of millions. But citizens of high-income nations have accepted the pandemic to be over. The key to ending the pandemic globally across all nations is equal and efficient access to necessary COVID-19 therapeutics, including vaccines. This Article argues that least developed nations and their access to COVID-19 therapeutics, including vaccines, is negatively impacted by the TRIPS Agreement. International human rights law and the TRIPS Agreement remain incompatible, leading to disproportionate access of necessary therapeutics as systemic racism is perpetuated. Along with considering short term solutions, this Article urges that the TRIPS Agreement needs to be overhauled.

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