Apr 30, 2021

Let’s talk about COVID vaccine patents

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Members of the World Trade Organization are meeting to discuss a proposal from India and South Africa to temporarily suspend patents on COVID vaccines. Backers say it would increase the global supply of vaccines if more countries could manufacture them. Plus, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh weighs in on gig worker classification. And, it might be a while still before international travel for fun rebounds.

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Could waiving patents increase the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines?

Apr 30, 2021
Advocates for waiving say letting countries make generic vaccines would help. Skeptics say it's not that simple.
Right now, we don't have nearly enough vaccine supply for the world. A big reason for that is patents, said Amy Kapczynski, a law professor at Yale.
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Americans still hesitant about international travel

Apr 30, 2021
Even as domestic travel picks up, consumers say they are wary of getting on international flights.
According to Morning Consult, consumers feel safer traveling by train, bus and domestic flight than they do traveling internationally.
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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director