A bold US bid to waive patents on much-needed coronavirus vaccines was strongly opposed by Germany on Thursday (6 May), threatening to derail the proposal that requires the consensus of World Trade Organisation members to pass.
The Committee on International Trade will discuss the preparations for the upcoming WTO negotiations, including with respect to the proposed waiver for COVID-19 vaccines intellectual property rights under the TRIPS agreement and the fisheries subsidies negotiations. The Committee will also discuss the review of the 15-point action plan on the effective implementation and enforcement of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapters (TSD) in trade agreements. The meeting will be held on 13 July.
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