As the COVID-19 pandemic turns two, access to medicines movements warn that a recent compromise deal on the TRIPS waiver allegedly outlined by the US, the EU, India and South Africa will not be enough to address existing inequities
A small group of WTO members has been discussing a watered-down version of the TRIPS waiver, which would leave most of the Global South’s production capacities unused
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Shortly after the US announced that it will support a limited TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, the European Union announced that it was open to discussions. However, the approval of the proposal at the World Trade Organization might take longer