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Over 240 civil society organisations write to WTO Director General

On 13th April, GHA and more than 240 CSOs signed a letter addressed to Director General of the World Trade Organisation Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, calling on her to remove barriers towards the development, production and approval of vaccines, therapeutics and other medical technologies necessary for the prevention and containment and treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic, so that more manufacturers, especially from developing countries, may independently contribute to the global supply.

The world is in a state of a global health emergency, where societies, economies, and livelihoods worldwide are in a dire situation. And most pharmaceutical companies have benefitted from large amount of public funds invested in R&D, trials and spent on procurement, with little to no accountability and conditions attached to guarantee access.

Read the full letter here.