Waiver from certain provisions of the TRIPS Agreement for the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19

The Waiver Proposal submitted by Eswatini, India, Kenya, and South Africa at the WTO, and is currently under discussion at the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) awoke a discussion that gathered 58 women’s rights organizations and networks that demanded that WTO member states support the unconditional adoption of the Waiver Proposal, which is critical to expanding the access of medical products vital to the prevention, containment, and treatment of COVID-19 in the global South, otherwise constituting a disproportionate burden on women and gender non-conforming people.

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