The European Parliament debated about the global vaccine production and distribution. Samira Rafaela believes that the EU should support a temporary waiver of certain aspects of the TRIPS agreement, a temporary lift on the patents for COVID-19 vaccines and medical equipment. The waiver is necessary because the global vaccine production needs to increase on the long term to get the whole world out of the pandemic.

“I expect the EU to contribute to the fight against the pandemic by putting all options on the table. I call on the Council and the Commission to keep a comprehensive approach towards expanding global production.”