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Basque President will request temporary suspension of patents for COVID-19 vaccines


The Lehendakari (President of the Basque Government), Iñigo Urkullu, will request this Tuesday the temporary suspension of patents for vaccines against the Coronavirus through the public reading of an institutional statement, after the Governing Council meeting.

The document will be in line with the plan of the Basque Government to contribute financially to the global vaccination rollout in solidarity with the most impoverished and vulnerable countries, as Mr. Urkullu stated in a letter to the president of the Covax scheme, José Manuel Barroso, on 22 March.

In his letter, the President of the Basque Government argued that, "if the principles of solidarity and humanity were not sufficient" to stress "the importance of a global vaccination rollout, one could also appeal to more 'selfish' reasons".

In this vein, he emphasised that "the pandemic is either overcome worldwide, or not overcome at all." "Each country's own security, economy and public health will not be safe unless all continents and countries are immune", he said.

In line with these statements, the Lehendakari will today read a declaration in favour of the temporary suspension of patents for Covid-19 vaccines, in an appearance in which he will be accompanied by the Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, and by that of Equality, Justice and Social Policies, Beatriz Artolazabal.