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Access to medicines and vaccines in developing countries

Vaccine candidates for Covid-19 are at the forefront of the news. A proposal by India and South Africa for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend the implementation, application, and enforcement of relevant provisions under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for the COVID-19 vaccine is now creating an IP dispute. India and South Africa have asked the WTO to waive certain TRIPS provisions to ensure access to Covid-19 medicines without IP restrictions. In October, the WTO began discussing the issue. 

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