Support for SA and India's Covid-19 vaccine IP waiver growing

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President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have convinced 63 World Trade Organisation (WTO) member countries to co-sponsor a proposal to waive the intellectual property (IP) rights for Covid-19 vaccines, while 50 others have indicated their support.

In October last year, South Africa and India formally introduced the waiver proposal at the WTO and now have the support of several developing and developed nations.

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel told Parliament on Tuesday that Ramaphosa had engaged heads of state bilaterally on the waiver proposal.

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