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Support the TRIPS waiver at the WTO

Submitted by Dr Siva Thambisetty on Thursday 16th December 2021

Published on Wednesday 22nd December 2021

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Signatures: 646

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Africa ~ Blocking ~ Commonwealth ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Covid-19 vaccine ~ Damaged ~ EU ~ Global ~ Human Rights ~ INCREASE ~ India ~ Loss ~ Moral ~ Morality ~ Omicron ~ part ~ Public Health ~ Responsible ~ risk ~ South Africa ~ sustainability ~ technology ~ Trips ~ vaccine ~ Worldwide

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Support the TRIPS waiver at the WTO

Petition Details

The UK must align itself with Commonwealth countries India and South Africa and develop negotiating text temporarily suspending IP rights at the WTO. A TRIPS waiver can help increase production of Covid-19 vaccines, diagnostics and treatments by suspending monopolies on technology and know-how.

Additional Information

A TRIPS waiver is an important part of an effective global public health response. The longer we take to achieve global vaccination thresholds, the greater the risk of new variants like Omicron emerging, the greater the loss of life and cumulative damage to societies and economies worldwide. The blocking of a TRIPS waiver at the WTO on the part of the UK (a position shared by the EU) is not responsible or sustainable from a moral, diplomatic, public health or human rights perspective.

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