WAIVER FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE TRIPS AGREEMENT FOR THE PREVENTION, CONTAINMENT AND TREATMENT OF COVID-19
On 2nd October India and South Africa made a joint submission (IP/C/W/669) to the World Trade Organization seeking a waiver from certain provisions of the TRIPS Agreement (patents, trade secrets, copyright and industrial designs) in relation to the containment, prevention and treatment of COVID-19. This proposal is now co-sponsored by Eswatini, Mozambique, Kenya and Pakistan and has received global support from developing countries and the international community. Technical Briefing by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as well as this video provides information on the importance of the waiver from TRIPS obligations.
Below is a list of interventions by the co-sponsors, statements and op-eds supporting the waiver proposal and news reports about the proposal.
Interventions of Co-sponsors of Proposal
WTO-TRIPS Council on 16th October
Informal TRIPS Council Meeting on 20th November
Statements/Letters by international organizations, civil society, academics etc.
TWN News Reports