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Non-profit groups tell WTO to end ‘vaccine apartheid’

Over 130 civil society groups largely from developing countries have called on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to cancel a ministerial conference next week and concentrate on approving an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines.

The groups, which are organised under a loose coalition called “Our World is Not For Sale”, said in a letter to the WTO that “vaccine apartheid” must be resolved.

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The group’s coordinator Deborah James acknowledged that a postponement was unlikely but stated that some developing countries are demanding that a waiver take precedence over the WTO’s priorities.

The institutions calling for a postponement include Friends of the Erath International, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice and the East African Trade Union Confederation.

Earlier this week, these institutions along with 15 more well-known activist groups urged for a vaccine waiver deal in Geneva.

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IMAGE – “201214-D-BN624-0811” (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense

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