EU Says “Premature” to Have Urgent WTO Meeting on Covid-19

Source: Common Dreams

“After over a year of the European Union blocking a proposed waiver of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines — and as case numbers surge thanks to the Omicron variant — an E.U. representative on Monday called India’s proposal for a World Trade Organization conference on pandemic response ‘premature.’ ‘The pandemic hasn’t lasted long enough for the E.U.?’ asked Dimitri Eynikel, who represents Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, on the issue of access to medicines at the European Union. Eynikel highlighted that the E.U. has been a primary barrier to waiving parts of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which India and South Africa first suggested back in October 2020.” (01/11/22)