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Civil Society Efforts Aim To Raise Policymakers’ Awareness Of TRIPS Flexibility Options

Intellectual Property Watch: Civil Society Key In TRIPS Flexibility Implementation
“When the agreement on intellectual property was adopted by the World Trade Organization, a number of flexibilities were included in the text, mainly to give developing countries policy space to implement the agreement with development considerations. However, some countries through lack of awareness or economic pressure have not used those flexibilities fully, and found themselves facing difficulties addressing their public health needs, which some associate with this failure to use the flexibilities. Civil society has engaged in notable efforts to counter pressure and raise policymakers’ awareness for a wider access to medicines…” (Saez, 5/4).

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