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!

 

 

No Patents, No Monopolies in the Covid Pandemic

There is no time to waste, act now.

Join July 26th - Ask opposing countries to stop blocking the proposal for

 #NoCovidMonopolies

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No Patents, No Monopolies in the Covid Pandemic

There is no time to waste, act now.

Join July 26th - Ask opposing countries to stop blocking the proposal for

 #NoCovidMonopolies

SHARE ON FACEBOOK

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 potentially 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: 20 July 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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