Saturday, April 24, 2021

Pandemic profiteering

  The Intercept details the "army of lobbyists" Big Pharma has aimed at U.S. lawmakers in order to thwart the global push to lift intellectual property through a waiver at the World Trade Organization.

The first quarter of 2021 reveal that "over 100 lobbyists have been mobilized to contact lawmakers and members of the Biden administration, urging them to oppose a proposed temporary waiver" of patent protections at the WTO.

 Mike McKay, a key fundraiser for House Democrats, now working on retainer for Pfizer, as well as several former staff members to the U.S. Office of Trade Representative, which oversees negotiations with the WTO.

Several trade groups funded by pharmaceutical firms have also focused closely on defeating the generic proposal, new disclosures show. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and the International Intellectual Property Alliance, which all receive drug company money, have dispatched dozens of lobbyists to oppose the initiative.

'Utterly Disgusting': Big Pharma Lobby Blitz Against Vaccine Patent Waivers Denounced | Common Dreams News

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