Medical patent a privilege and not a right

Covid vaccination

Africa Union's health watchdog has praised the United States' support for a waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines as a "remarkable expression of leadership".

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A patent is a property right granted by a sovereign authority, such as a government, to an inventor. The inventor enjoys, for a given period, exclusive rights to the patented product, idea, process or technical solution to a problem. It involves the patent applicant (an institution or individual or a group of people) disclosing the technical aspects of the item in question.


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