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#NoCovidMonopolies - The Timeline

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Photograph by Íñigo de Amescua
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Our digital Timeline shows the amazing progress made - and still needed - of the #NoCovidMonopolies campaign since its launch in November 2020.

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.

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.

Photo by Tadeu Andre