“It is obvious that we must share the knowledge, but also all the aspects necessary to allow the production of vaccines. That means mobilising all the capacities that exist or might exist with transfer of technologies,” he said.
“The waiver is an element but it is not the only one.”
“I understand that companies must be supported. I am asking for fairness in the way things are measured and so that companies are making reasonable profits that they are supposed to make, but that at the same time capacity is doubled,” he said.
“The countries that can produce vaccines today or can be able to do so should come together in an emergency task force able to deal with the pharmaceutical industry in order to define a successful outcome.
“If not, the risk is there will still be large areas in the developing world where the virus will spread like wildfire.”
Mr Guterres also warned the world is on the “verge of the abyss” amid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures and warned the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow in November could fail if G7 members failed to fulfil promises to support climate action by poorer countries.