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Ambassador Eduardo Pérez Motta (Mexico)
C.i Scope and coverage
31. The representative of Canada said that her delegation supported the statement made by the representative of Lesotho on the need to have an illustrative list of diseases. This need, she said, was met by paragraph 1 of the Doha Declaration. She agreed with the proposal presented by Switzerland that least-developed countries should be eligible per se and supported the suggestion of Egypt that Members should be able to self-declare as to whether they faced a situation of national emergency and did not have manufacturing capacity. It would be useful, however, to develop objective criteria to help in that determination. On the question of eligibility of suppliers posed by Zimbabwe and Brazil, she said that her delegation had yet to take a final position on the matter, but that this would require legislative changes in Canada and many other developed countries which would contradict the desire for an expeditious solution. She concluded that both developing countries and right holders were an indispensable part of any final solution.