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Comment on US trade representative support of the temporary waiver of intellectual property for COVID-19 vaccines

The Fix the Patent Laws campaign welcomes the announcement that the Biden-Harris Administration supports the temporary waiver of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines. “This decision is as result of massive global solidarity and mobilisation by activists around the world, who have been fighting for equitable access for COVID-19 vaccines for all. While we commend […]

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Fix the Patent Laws Campaign demands urgent release of bill to save lives

23 April, Johannesburg — In 2018, Cabinet adopted the South African Policy on Intellectual Property, Phase 1. It heralded a new era in medicine access. Yet three years later and nothing has changed in the lives of people in South Africa, who right now continue to need medicines that remain unaffordable and out of reach. “The […]

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MEMORADUM: FIX THE PATENT LAWS PICKET, 18 MARCH 2021

The Fix the Patent Laws Campaign (FTPL) represented by the Cancer Alliance, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the People’s Health Movement, SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign, has gathered here today to urge the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition to urgently finalise draft amendments to the Patents Act to ensure that the government has the […]

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Media Alert: Fix the Patent Laws to picket at Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC)

DTIC must fix the patent laws to accelerate access to medicines for all  COVID-19 has spurred a global health crisis that disproportionately affects working-class and poor people. Patents, and other intellectual property instruments, can act as obstacles to accessing lifesaving medicines and other technology because they protect manufacturers from competition, keep prices of medicines high, […]

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Monopolies are causing “artificial rationing” in COVID-19 crisis as 3 biggest global vaccine giants sit on sidelines

Johannesburg: 5 February 2021 The supply of safe and effective vaccines for all is being artificially rationed because of the protection of exclusive rights and monopolies of pharmaceutical corporations, the People’s Vaccine Alliance said today. The alliance warned that the three biggest vaccine companies in the world are largely sitting on the sidelines – they […]

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SAVE LIVES NOW: SUPPORT THE COVID-19 TRIPS WAIVER

Press Release 1 February 2021 The Doha Declaration states that countries can and should interpret the Agreement on the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in a manner that protects public health, including ensuring access to essential medicines for all. So why are the representatives of the USA, UK, EU, Australian Japan, Brasil […]

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South Africa’s patent laws threaten access to future COVID-19 medicines

Johannesburg, 18th May — In a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa published today, the Fix the Patent Laws (FTPL) coalition outlined major concerns about South Africa’s ability to access future treatments or vaccines for COVID-19. They point out that the country’s outdated patent laws ensure that when effective treatments become available, they will likely be too […]

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