Tag: World Trade Organization

WHO boss says vaccine IP waiver not a property ‘snatch’ – ET HealthWorld

GENEVA: The World Health Organization on Wednesday sought to reassure pharmaceutical companies that a proposal to suspend patent rights on Covid-19 vaccines was not a bid to “snatch” their intellecutual property rights. With more than four million dead and the toll likely to reach much higher, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said vaccine makers should […]

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Ease barriers for vax, medicines, says WTO – ET HealthWorld

REUTERS/Denis Balibouse NEW DELHI: From “fill volume” of 3.51ml instead of 3.5ml to stringent checks on Covax vaccine donations, varying regulatory regimes across countries and high tariffs, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has released an extensive set of restrictions being faced by Covid-19 medicines, diagnostic material and vaccines and their inputs across countries. While suggesting […]

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Health minister Harsh Vardhan discusses India’s COVID crisis with US counterpart

Indian Health Indian Harsh Vardhan on Friday had a virtual meeting with his American counterpart, Xavier Becerra, discussing the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases in India. US Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra, in his conversation with Vardhan, reaffirmed the strong US support to India at this time of crisis, according to a readout of […]

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WHO lauds US’ decision to lift patent protections on Covid jabs – ET HealthWorld

The World Health Organization (WHO) has lauded the commitment by the US to temporarily lift intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, an advance that may help produce more vaccines globally. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the decision on Wednesday saying that President Joe Biden’s “administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service […]

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Joe Biden urged to stop blocking of Covid-19 WTO waiver suggested by India – ET HealthWorld

Coming out in support of India and South Africa, hundreds of American civil society organisations and three top lawmakers have urged US President Joe Biden to not block the waiver to Covid-19 vaccines at the WTO, asserting that it will boost the treatment of coronavirus patients worldwide. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related […]

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Show big heart to back proposal for easy access to medicines: Piyush Goyal to global pharma – ET HealthWorld

Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that 57 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have supported an India-South Africa proposal for equitable access to medicines during the ongoing pandemic and expressed hope that the global pharmaceutical industry will show “big heart” to support the proposal. At a Ficci event, he also […]

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India joins league of 80 nations to slam EU’s vaccine controls – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: At least 80 countries including India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Thursday criticised the European Union for its recent decision of introducing export controls on Covid-19 vaccines. The issue came up at a meeting on intellectual property rights at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in which the developed countries again refused to support […]

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