Revisiting the Access to Medicine Debate in the Covid-19 Era

March 4, 2021

WASHINGTON & NEW DELHI – On Friday, March 5, 2021, legal experts from the U.S. and India consider how divergent approaches to patents implicate access to the Covid-19 vaccine.


What role do patents play in determining global access to the Covid-19 vaccine?
This panel compares the approach of the world’s two largest democracies to patents and public health: India and the United States. How do these countries foster access to medicines? How has India’s patent law enabled the country to become a generic drug powerhouse, effectively serving as the “pharmacy to the developing world”?

Co-Sponsored by the Society for Democratic Rights in New Delhi, the Georgetown University Law Center, and Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Institute for Technology Law & Policy, and Center for Asian Law.


Justice Prathiba M. Singh
Delhi High Court

Matthew M. Kavanagh
Director, Global Health Policy and Governance Initiative,
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law

Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

William M. Treanor, Dean, Georgetown Law (Introduction)


Friday, March 5, 2021
9:30 pm – 10:30 pm EST
(8:00 am – 9:00 am IST)


Please RSVP for the Zoom Webinar.

The event will also be live streamed on the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law’s Facebook page.


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