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Brazil’s lower house approves text of bill to allow breaking of vaccine patents

The bill authorizes Congress to pass a law to break patents without the executive's approval or support.

By: Reuters | Brasilia |
Updated: July 7, 2021 11:34:18 am
Brazil's lower house approves text of bill to allow breaking of vaccine patentsA man receives the Covid-19 vaccine during the mass vaccination part of the "Paqueta Vacinada" (Paqueta vaccinated) project, that aims to vaccinate the whole population over 18 years old on Paqueta Island in Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 20, 2021. (Reuters/File)

Brazil’s lower house of Congress on Tuesday approved the main text of a bill that will allow patents for the production of vaccines and medicines to be broken in cases of a public health emergency or national state of emergency.

The bill authorizes Congress to pass a law to break patents without the executive’s approval or support.

As the bill was changed – lawmakers approved a revised text – the proposal now goes back to the Senate for a second reading. Aecio Neves, the bill’s sponsor in the lower house, said there is cross-chamber support for the bill in its current form.

“There is an understanding that the changes … we introduced in the bill will also be incorporated in the Senate, which will maintain the text that we have negotiated here,” Neves said.

The government opposes the bill.

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