Lefty hand waving

Robert Kushner:

Back in May, President Biden did something worth celebrating. He authorized U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to reverse the long-standing U.S. opposition to waiving the patent, copyright, and trademark protections of the WTO treaty known as TRIPS, to which the U.S. is a party.

With that waiver, countries with vaccine manufacturing capacity, such as India, could produce the Pfizer vaccine at cost, at adequate quantities, and deliver it worldwide. But since that brave gesture, career U.S. trade officials based at WTO headquarters in Geneva have slow-rolled the TRIPS waiver, and there has been no progress at getting vaccines actually produced in quantity.

Patents are the problem, are they?

ADAR POONAWALLA, CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), on Friday said they were building a facility to make mRNA vaccines, even as SII was scaling up its production of Covishield vaccines from the present 160 million doses monthly to 200 million doses from October.

While the facility for mRNA vaccines will take two years to be completed,

Oh, no, patents aren’t the problem.

Gee, the real world is a complicated place, ain’t it?

8 thoughts on “Lefty hand waving”

  1. Dennis, Tiresome Denizen of Central Ohio

    It will come as a surprise to Ezra and his ilk that poor, politically unstable, shithole countries don’t have multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical plants ready, willing and able to safely produce vaccines.

  2. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    While nobody who has read Ezra Klein for any period of time would be likely to call him one of the Smart Ones, what is interesting here isn’t that he’s an idiot, it’s that he simply doesn’t grasp that politics is not the be all and end all of real-world solutions for real-world problems. Ezra’s world is politics, and he sees nothing beyond politics.

    It doesn’t occur to him that manufacturing constraints are the issue because manufacturing constraints aren’t a political matter.

  3. The Other Bloke in Italy

    Seems odd to be lamenting that India cannot manufacture the MRNA “vaccine”, when Uttar Pradesh reckon they whacked the Covid with Ivermectin, which I believe is made in India.

    On a related matter, I didn’t have time to follow up the reference, but saw a headline which said that a Hydroxychloroquine plant had gone up in flames. Odd, that.

  4. TOBII

    You’re correct – India has a vax rate of 11% but a large scale rollout of Ivermectin stopped delta in its tracks.

    Which is why the India horror story vanished so rapidly from the covid lurgy Narrative

  5. ‘ Gee, the real world is a complicated place, ain’t it?’

    Then once they have the vaccines, there is the hugely expensive and complex cold store and transport supply chain to build.

    And it still is the case that CoVid deaths are very low in poorer Countries, for example: India 319 per million, Kenya 90, Vietnam 2, Nigeria 13 versus USA 2 084, UK 1 980 per and France 1 773.

    In poor Countries deaths from CoVid is the least of their worries.

    No mask, no lockdown Sweden: 1 449 per million – doing better than the lockdown and mask hell Countries.

  6. @Flubber It’s more like “If CoVid actually was as bad as advertised, the Indian Massacre would have happened.”

    Any variant of CoVid lays waste to the very old, the morbidly obese, and the immunodeficient. In India those groups are very small, and generally in the castes ( that officially don’t exist) that can afford a vaccination.
    For everyone else it’s Tough Luck, but CoVid has a fair bit of competition there as it is, so it never stood a chance to make major inroads. At best it’s a comorbidity there. A bit like introducing a new poisonous/venomous/madly agressive species into Australia.

  7. It is in the first world countries that the very old, the morbidly obese and the immunodeficient have been kept alive long enough to be a substantial number and available for a unique flu.

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