In a World Trade Organization meeting in the autumn of 2020, South Africa and India called for the removal of proprietary rights for health products used in the response to the covid-19 pandemic. More than 100 countries have expressed support for this initiative, including Joe Biden's administration in the US. The central argument in favour of the request is that a waiver of intellectual property rights is needed to cover the global demand for vaccines against Covid-19. This would entail increasing production to supply countries that have previously had very limited access to vaccines. Indeed, the availability of vaccines in a large number of countries is still dependent on international solidarity, i.e. the goodwill of the northern states and the manufacturing companies. One of the conseq ..