MSF teams providing care to COVID patients in Antonio Lorena hospital, Cusco, Peru.
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Letters to US President and Trade Representative to swiftly implement IP waiver of all COVID-19 medical tools

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In an open letter, MSF joins 130 US civil society organizations calling on President Biden to ensure a swift adoption of a comprehensive TRIPS waiver to cover COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and treatment, and to persuade the European Union to negotiate on the TRIPS waiver in good faith.

In another letter, as the text-based negotiations of the TRIPS waiver continue, MSF joins US civil society organizations calling on the US Trade Representative to pursue an inclusive scope of the waiver to cover treatment, diagnostics, and other medical supplies, in addition to vaccines.

South African activists protest in support of the WTO TRIPS Waiver

No Patents, No Monopolies in a Pandemic

Monopolies are often an obstacle between people and the lifesaving health tools they need. Patents and other exclusivities limit supply and keep prices high.

In this unprecedented global emergency, governments have taken an incredibly strong stance at the World Trade Organization (WTO), proposing to allow countries to temporarily waive the obligations of enforcing patents, trade secrets and other types of intellectual property (IP) during the COVID-19 pandemic – to boost global production and supply so that everyone, everywhere has access to lifesaving treatments, vaccines, tests and other medical tools needed to beat back this pandemic.

Support this action by urging these last remaining opponents of the TRIPS Waiver to show global solidarity and stop blocking it!

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