Patent Unpending?

India should overturn its August decision to grant Pfizer a patent on its pneumonia vaccine Prevnar13 (PCV13), Médecins Sans Frontières is arguing in a Delhi court today.

The patent blocks India’s vaccine manufacturers from developing and marketing PCV13 until 2026, and the lives of countless children hang in the balance. “The decision to give Pfizer a patent in India for this vaccine is unmerited and just a way for them to remain the only game in town by blocking more affordable pneumonia vaccines,” said Kate Elder of MSF’s Access Campaign.

MSF says high prices are the main reason pneumonia vaccines haven’t been introduced in standard vaccination packages for about a third of countries.


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