SYRIZA: Greece should consider the Council of Europe’s proposal for the lifting of vaccine patents

SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance called on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday to “follow the track” proposed by the Council of Europe on Wednesday that lifts patents restrictions for the manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines.

The main opposition party was referring to a clause of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s resolution, which reads: “the Assembly thus urges member states and the European Union to overcome the barriers and restrictions arising from patents and intellectual property rights, in order to ensure the widespread production and distribution of vaccines in all countries and to all citizens.”

SYRIZA said that party leader Alexis Tsipras had also put forth the idea during parliamentary discussions, and that the prime minister should proceed along the lines of this latest proposal by the Council of Europe.

“The Prime Minister should not wait stoically for pharmaceutical companies to honor their contracts (…), as it would be better for the country to follow suit towards the lifting of vaccine patents”, added the party.