Iliopoulos: Government should press for suspension of vaccine patents

After the Council of Europe, the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has also agreed with the initiative proposed by main opposition SYRIZA and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, calling for a suspension of the patent rights for the vaccines against Covid-19, party spokesperson Nasos Iliopoulos said in a televised statement on Monday.

He noted that the government spokesperson, while recalling the articles written by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis regarding the pandemic last April, failed to recall the premier’s sarcastic comments about suspending vaccine patents.

“Mr. Mitsotakis’ government remains part of the problem and not the solution. We call on them, even now, to undertaken initiatives regarding the patent issue and stop helplessly watching the multinationals play games at a time when people are losing their lives.”