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#NoCovidMonopolies - The Timeline

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Photograph by Íñigo de Amescua

Our digital Timeline shows the amazing progress of the #NoCovidMonopolies campaign since its launch in November 2020.

Nine months of intense campaigning and advocacy work with our allies has brought us ever closer to the goal of a waiver on patents and other intellectual property (IP) on COVID-19 vaccines, medicines and tests during the pandemic -- all to boost production and supply of these lifesaving medical technologies for everyone in need around the world.

It is a testament to the power of solidarity and how working together we have been able to support the waiver first proposed by India and South Africa at the World Trade Organization (WTO), so that by July 2021 over 100 countries now back the waiver.

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!

Photo by Tadeu Andre