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Experts: Mandatory release of patents highly unlikely

The political debate revolving around whether forcibly released patents can push vaccine production forward has no basis in reality, according to pharmaceutical industry legal experts.

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The European supply of vaccines will not be increased by forcing pharmaceutical companies to release their patents, and even if this had been the case, the current vaccine production has progressed to a point where notions of mandatory patent releases will be quite outdated and irrelevant in a few months.

So state two experts on patents and the pharmaceutical industry, with whom MedWatch has spoken.

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