(8 June 2021) The TRIPS Council of the World Trade Organisation meets today. On the agenda a proposal of the EU how to assist making vaccines available. EPSU considers the proposal as a delaying and diversion tactic. It does not go far enough.
Many countries, the European and global labour movement and organisations in health, social justice and development the world over have argued that the WTO should agree to the waiver of intellectual property rights. The EU via the European Commission is flatly refusing to consider this. And while the EU and other richer countries are now able to provide vaccines to young people as of the age of 12, in many countries vaccines are not reaching the elderly, vulnerable and health and social care staff. This needs to change.
EPSU supports the report in the European Parliament that calls for a temporary waiver. It will be voted upon this Wednesday and we have called on MEPs to support it.