Minutes - TRIPS Council - View details of the intervention/statement

H.E. Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter
106.   We would like to thank the delegation of South Africa for bringing this agenda item and would like to support the statement made by the delegation of South Africa. 107.   We also would like to thank the Secretariat for providing important updates on Members' measures related to trade and intellectual property rights in relation to COVID-19. We see this as a positive contribution which shares good practices in providing transparency and predictability. 108.   We believe that the COVID-19 pandemic warrants more specific information on Members' measures related to flexibilities under the TRIPS Agreement. Whether there are possibilities for the Secretariat to provide more updates and information in this section, we believe it would be beneficial for Members. 109.   In addition, we understand that the TRIPS Agreement together with the TRIPS Council could play an important role in assisting access to technology, medical equipment, therapeutics, and vaccines for COVID-19 could be available in a timely, equitable and affordable manner. 110.   Hence, we believe that the work of this Council is more crucial than ever to enhance cooperation with other international organizations and provide a better understanding to its Members on the importance of cooperation and flexibilities in TRIPS Agreement, including through workshops or other means available that may be undertaken by this Council.
18.   The Council took note of the statements made.
15.   The Chair said that the item had been put on the agenda at the request of South Africa, referring to the document "COVID-19: Measures Regarding Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights", which was available from the WTO website and contained a non-exhaustive list of IP-related measures taken in the context of COVID-19. The list compiled by the Secretariat from official sources and verified by the Members concerned. It was updated continuously, and the latest version was always available on the WTO website. She invited South Africa to introduce the item.
16.   The representative of South Africa took the floor to introduce the item.
17.   The representatives of Nigeria; Brazil; China; Chile; India; El Salvador; the Russian Federation; Indonesia; Ecuador; the United States of America; the European Union; Australia; and Switzerland took the floor.
18.   The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/95, IP/C/M/95/Add.1