From our correspondent
BERLIN – Angela Merkel did not personally go to the European summit in Porto, as she only participated virtually and raised some criticism. But the chancellor Yesterday, he spoke on the phone with Ujur Shaheen, BioNTech founding scientist and father of the same name vaccine with wife Zlem Treci. The topic of the conversation was Joseph Biden’s proposal to temporarily suspend patent protection on Covid vaccines, to speed up their more equitable global distribution.
A clear indication of Merkel’s priorities, which she rejected without appeal The idea of the American presidentAfter spokespersons say that Intellectual property protection is the engine of innovation and should remain so in the future. In any case, according to Merkel, the factor limiting vaccine availability isn’t patents, however Production capacity and very high quality standards required. A position in perfect harmony with Shaheen and the Renish Company.
But Angela Merkel’s attitude not only betrayed her interest in protecting a German company, which spent resources and energy on the research. In fact, there are other factors that influence the choice of a counselor. First of all, there is an internal political component that is reflected in the election campaign already underway: Verdi, Link, and NGOs immediately supported the White House proposal. GRNEN Co-Chair Robert Habeck said Germany should connect with the United States and launch an initiative at the World Health Organization. By rejecting her, Merkel could designate the CDU as the champion of Made in GermanyEspecially in the field of advanced technologies.
But even stronger and more interesting it is Strategic factor. Merkel said early on that the advent of the Biden administration after the Trump disaster, although he was welcomed with satisfaction, would not eliminate the differences of views between America and Europe. Example of a vaccine patent. To make matters worse, the American somersault puts Berlin in the face of a dilemma: On the one hand, the German government was among the first to commit to a more equitable global distribution of vaccines, generously funding the Covax initiative under the auspices of the United Nations. . On the other hand, It is disturbing that after months of insisting on the national vaccination campaign, Including a strict export ban, The United States now wants to portray itself as champions of international solidarity.
Not only. The chancellor is also alarmed at the fact that Biden’s tipping point is also a turning point Countermovement in what is defined vax- diplomacy. By proposing to liberalize vaccine production, albeit for a specified period, the White House seeks to establish Political Capital in the Systemic Conflict with China, Embark on the Silk Road to Health With Sinovacs and Sinopharm exporting to Africa and elsewhere. In other words, that Biden looks like he’s moved from Soft power, Lacks immediate impact in the global fight against the pandemic. But it does risk having tangible negative impacts on the level of entrepreneurship, penalizing long-term investment decisions.
May 7, 2021 (Change May 7, 2021 | 22:48)
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