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Open letter to governments blocking the proposal to remove monopolies on COVID-19 medical tools during the pandemic

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 so that everyone, everywhere has access to lifesaving treatments, vaccines, tests and medical tools needed to beat back this pandemic.

Support this action by urging your government to also put lives over profit.

Photo by Tadeu Andre