Covid Vaccine and Fisheries Deals Close a ‘Roller Coaster’ WTO Meeting

WASHINGTON — Members of the World Trade Organization announced several agreements on Friday at the close of their first in-person ministerial conference in four years, pledging to rein in harmful government policies that have encouraged overfishing and relax some controls on intellectual property in an effort to make coronavirus vaccines more widely available. The agreements … Read more

US Chamber of Commerce Supports House and Senate Legislation Prohibiting Biden Administration from Negotiating Modifications to WTO TRIPS Agreement Without Congressional Authorization

By Donald Zuhn — Earlier this month, the US Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to members of Congress indicating that the Chamber “strongly supports” recent House and Senate legislation that the Chamber noted “would prohibit the Administration from negotiating or concluding any modifications to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property … Read more

Calls for WTO to Suspend IP Rights for Vaccine Innovation Would Jeopardize Incredible Progress

“Weaking intellectual property protections, as the WTO wavever proposal would do, will not increase access to the tools we need to fight COVID-19; In fact, they would hinder access to the COVID-19 tools we’ve already discovered.” The biggest vaccination effort in the history of medicine is underway to eradicate the global pandemic, with several strong … Read more