Launch Event: The TRIPS Agreement Laid Bare

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Date(s) - 02/11/2022
15:00 CET - 16:00 CET


Launch Event – The TRIPS Agreement Laid Bare: Learning the lessons from COVID-19 to improve access to health technologies

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on global trade relations: borders were closed, and supply chains were severely disrupted. The scramble for personal protective equipment among governments in the early days of the pandemic reinforced patterns of inequality and imbalance between countries, leaving many LMICs unable to access critical health goods. The pandemic quickly highlighted the serious disfunction in global trade, evidenced by the difficulties endured by developing countries to access pharmaceutical markets.

For nearly two years, the TRIPS waiver discussion brought the issue of the impact of IP protection on access to health technologies to the top of the public agenda. This subsequent dialogue may be divided into four interwoven components and calls on different actors to step up their actions, fulfil their commitments and improve their coordination.

Join us for the online launch event of the TRIPS Agreement Laid Bare to further discuss the lessons learnt from COVID-19 on access to health technologies and what comes next.


  • Jaume Vidal, Senior Policy Advisor, Health Action International
  • Candice Sehoma, Advocacy Advisor Access Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières

Register here to join the discussion:

Download our policy paper here: TRIPS Agreement Laid Bare