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Dear Friend, 

One year on after the pandemic started, a vast disparity in access to lifesaving COVID-19 medical tools has opened up between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries.  

A scarcity of medical supplies has been created by the current system of production and supply built on monopolies and industry control over technology and knowledge. 

We need to do things differently. The proposed World Trade Organization (WTO) waiver on intellectual property (IP) - co-sponsored by 60 WTO members - offers a pathway out of this pandemic that could help ensure equitable and affordable access to vaccines, treatments and tests.  

We invite you to join the High-Level Dialogue on this TRIPS waiver proposal that we are co-hosting to hear directly from leading advocates. They will cover the rationale behind the waiver, the current status of discussions at the WTO, and the opposition the proposal faces from a handful of powerful countries. 

Join us tomorrow on Tuesday 4th May at 15:30 CEST


The participants include:  
  • Ruth Dreifuss - former President of Switzerland, Chair of WHO’s Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health 
  • Jan Schakowsky - Congresswoman, 9th District, Illinois, United States 
  • Kátia Regina de Abreu - President of the Senate Foreign Affairs Commission, Brazil 
  • Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter - Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, South Africa 
  • Kathleen Van Brempt - Belgian Member of the European Parliament for Vooruit and trade representative for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament 
  • Sara Nelson - International President, Association of Flight Attendants  
  • Brajendra Navnit - Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, India 
  • Moderator: Priti Patnaik - Founding Editor, Geneva Health Files
Join us tomorrow, Tuesday 4th May, at 15:30 CEST


Thank you! 
The Access Campaign team 
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