On 12 November 2015, Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization spoke to think tanks and academic institutions at a meeting on global health policy in Geneva, rasing questions about sustainable development goals and their impacts on global health.
...Intellectual property rights and the patent system continue to raise questions about fairness. I have been hearing some serious concerns that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest trade agreement ever, may adversely affect the market for generics and biosimilars and increase the cost of medicines. I would like to hear your views. If these agreements open trade yet close access to affordable medicines, we have to ask: Is this really progress at all, especially with the costs of care soaring everywhere?...Read the full statement.
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29th March 2021
21st January 2021