531. Indonesia aligns itself with the statement by South Africa and other co-sponsors of the TRIPS waiver. We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Argentina as the newest cosponsor of the TRIPS waiver.
532. It is regretful that MC12 has been postponed. However, we share the view of many Members that the work of the WTO, particularly on the TRIPS waiver, must continue. Now, more than ever, we need to have an outcome to send a clear message to the world that the WTO is still relevant and can deliver a meaningful and credible outcome.
533. At the risk of repeating ourselves, we would like to urge Members to show good faith and engage constructively on the TRIPS Waiver Proposal, which has been tabled for over a year. We would like to emphasize that it is not necessary to have a consensus on a draft text from the beginning, as otherwise we would not need to negotiate it at all. It has been the practice of this Organization, very much in line with other international organizations, that negotiations can take place on a draft text without prejudice to the outcome. Simply refusing to discuss a draft text goes against the principle of good faith.
534. The reality is that vaccine inequities persist, and the fact that we are now back in full virtual mode shows that the situation is not improving. In the case of Indonesia, despite the fact that we have obtained 243 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, this only accounts for 36.7% of our total population, which is fully vaccinated.
535. As such, we would like to once again urge Members to go into text-based negotiations involving the broader membership so that this Organization can deliver on this very urgent issue for which the world is still struggling for a solution.