South Africa TRIPS waiver protest in front of US embassy
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South Africa: CSO letters to the embassies of countries opposing the TRIPS waiver

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Photograph by Karabo Shai

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), along with treatment activists and civil society organisations, protested on 12 October 2021 outside the embassies of Belgium, the Netherlands and the US in Tshwane, the executive capital of South Africa, calling on these governments to break the impasse and fast-track the negotiations on the TRIPS Waiver on COVID-19 medical tools, so it is adopted at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference at the end of November.

The groups also urged the US to play a more proactive role in steering the negotiations to reach a consensus and swift agreement, following the government’s statement of support for the TRIPS Waiver in early May.