The CCPA has joined hundreds of civil society organizations and individuals in urging WTO member governments to support a proposal from South Africa and India calling for the suspension of the implementation, application and enforcement of certain WTO TRIPS obligations (regarding patents, copyright, industrial design, and protection of undisclosed information) for the treatment, prevention and containment of COVID-19. This initiative would help facilitate a truly global, public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which the current WTO intellectual property rights regime impedes as explained in the resources below. 

Despite enjoying widespread support from over 100 developing country member governments, no consensus could be reached at the December 10 meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council. Canada joined a handful of high-income countries led by the US and the EU in opposing the waiver. There will now be a status report given at the General Council meeting on Dec. 16-17.  Talks on the issue will continue early in the new year.

COVID-19 waiver letter resources