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Members approach text-based discussions for an urgent IP response to COVID-19
9 June 2021
WTO members moved closer to a text-based process to address the proposals put forward by delegations aimed at improving the international response to COVID-19 and achieving the common goal of providing global equitable access to vaccines and other medical products. At the formal meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 8-9 June, members also addressed the continued exemption for least-developed countries (LDCs) from TRIPS obligations, currently set to expire on 1 July 2021.
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WTO receives updated petition calling for universally accessible and affordable COVID-19 vaccines
7 June 2021
A petition signed by over 2.7 million people from around the world calling for universal access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines was received by the WTO on 7 June. It was delivered by Avaaz, an online activist network, and the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of organizations. The petition brings together the work of more than 40 organizations worldwide, including the Online Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN), Public Citizen, Frontline AIDS, Amnesty International, Oxfam, SumOfUs and the European Citizens’ Initiative for No Profit on Pandemic.

To G7 leaders, pharmaceutical companies CEOs, and all member countries of the World Trade Organization:
We call on you urgently to ensure access to lifesaving Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and equipment for everyone in the world. Patents should be suspended, technological knowledge shared freely and openly, and no profiteering allowed during this pandemic. Governments, scientists and pharmaceutical companies must cooperate and combine resources to ensure no one is left behind. The pandemic will not be over, until it’s over everywhere.