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The waiver was agreed at the Ministerial Conference on June 17, 2022. The final text is here.
By Peter Ungphakorn
POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2022 | UPDATED JUNE 18, 2022
The deadlock in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a proposal to waive intellectual property protection related to COVID-19 is now well into its second year with no sign of a breakthrough.
India and South Africa first made the proposal in October 2020. They produced a revised draft the following May, saying it was based on discussions in the months in between, but the revision produced little change in positions.
The proposal would temporarily waive countries’ obligations under WTO rules to protect some types of intellectual property, for products used to deal with COVID-19.
That’s the general idea. Every part of it is debated.Continue reading “8 reasons why countries disagree over a WTO intellectual property waiver”