April 22, 2024 WHO Pandemic agreement negotiating text


There are seven references to “mutually agreed” terms in the text relating to intellectual property and knowledge sharing, and some of these can and will be used to intimidate developing countries from using mandatory measures. The United States used and still uses the Defense Production Act to mandate technology transfers, and the new EU rules on compulsory licensing in emergencies extend to data and knowledge transfers, so the language won’t be taken as a constraint in high income countries.