February 23, 2021

Members discuss TRIPS waiver request, exchange views on IP role amid a pandemic

At a formal meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 23 February 2021, WTO members continued their discussions on a proposal for a temporary waiver of certain TRIPS obligations in response to COVID-19. While members were unable to reach a decision on the proposal, the discussions highlighted a number of shared understandings on the role of IP amid a pandemic. Delegations also stressed the common goal of providing timely and secure access to high-quality and affordable vaccines and medicines for all.

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