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.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global emergency.

Over 100 countries have taken an incredibly strong stance at the World Trade Organization (WTO), proposing to temporarily waive patents, trade secrets and other intellectual property (IP) on all COVID-19 medical tools.

This action could dramatically boost global production and supply of lifesaving vaccines, treatments, tests and other health tools - for everyone, everywhere.

 

There is no time to waste, act now.

Help us Fix this Map - As these countries to stop blocking the TRIPS waiver

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There is no time to waste, act now.

Help us Fix this Map - As these countries to stop blocking the TRIPS waiver

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TWEET at OPPOSING GOVERNMENTS

Since October 2020, a global movement to make COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, tests & other medical tools more accessible worldwide has grown. Now, more than 100 countries support the TRIPS Waiver, while just a handful of wealthy countries continue to block it. 

COVID-19 has claimed more than 4 million lives since the beginning of the pandemic. It's critical that we do everything possible to speed up access to lifesaving medical tools. 

This request for an IP waiver could be a gamechanger in the COVID-19 response and we need you to help us put our voices behind it, to encourage more governments to make it a reality.

Supporting this initiative is so important because it would put people's lives over profit and provide governments with the necessary legal basis to ensure access to COVID-19 medical tools for their people throughout this pandemic.

We need to act NOW because the decision on suspending patents and other types of IP in this pandemic will happen soon.

"Governments need to ask themselves which side of history they want to be on when the books on this pandemic are written."

[Last updated: 23 Setembro de 2021 - Sources: Knowledge Ecology International, TWN & WTO]  Note: The discussions at the WTO are taking place behind closed doors. As such, we strive to update the map as soon as we have confirmation of each country’s evolving positions.

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