Calls to support TRIPS waiver proposal

President Cyril Ramaphosa. GCIS

PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa is calling on civil society to support efforts to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents.

South Africa and India are petitioning the World Trade Organization to temporarily waive provisions of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

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The US government is supporting the proposal.

In his weekly newsletter, Ramaphosa says this will add much-needed impetus for wider access to technologies that are needed to produce vaccines.


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