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October 14, 2020

Waiver from TRIPS provisions sought by India & South Africa

Reported By: Nupur Sharon Nag

India & South Africa have submitted a proposal to the council for TRIPS on 2nd October, 2020, for waiver from implementation, application and enforcement of sections 1, 4, 5, and 7 of Part II of the TRIPS agreement in relation to prevention, containment or treatment of COVID-19. Reports have been cited in the proposal regarding IPR hindering access to medical equipment such as diagnostic kits, medical masks, other personal protective equipment, and ventilators. The waiver has been proposed in the interest of efficiently focusing on the pandemic and according to the supply/demand ratio of affordable medical products to the concerned patient

Source: https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/IP/C/W669.pdf&Open=True

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