EB142: KEI statement on WHO’s decision on the Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

After lengthy negotiations, on Friday, 26 January 2018 the World Health Organization’s Executive Board approved a decision to reinvigorate the Organization’s work program on innovation and access to medicines. Here are two quotes from KEI on the decision: James Love,… Continue Reading

UN rejects amendment to limit technology transfer to “voluntary and mutually agreed terms” in resolution on global health

Revised May 6, 2024 Against the backdrop of the tortuous negotiations among WHO Member States on technology transfer and know-how at the last mile of the pandemic agreement talks, on Wednesday, 1 May 2024, Switzerland offered a surprise amendment in… Continue Reading

Letter to Anne Yu, Director for Global Pandemic Preparedness, NSC, on negotiations for WHO pandemic agreement

This was sent via email today. Jamie ————— May 1, 2024 Anne Yu Director for Global Pandemic Preparedness Development, Global Health and Humanitarian Response, National Security Council Staff, Executive Office of the President Dear Anne Yu, I’m guessing you are… Continue Reading

KEI Comments on the Implications of Access and Benefit Sharing Commitments/Regimes and Other Proposed Commitments in the WHO Pandemic Agreement

On January 29, 2024, KEI submitted comments in response the Federal Register notice posted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning, “the Implications of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Commitments/Regimes and Other Proposed Commitments Being Considered Under… Continue Reading

Save the date – 30 October 2023 – KEI roundtable on the advanced, unedited INB pandemic treaty text (October 2023 version)

Focused discussions on article 9 (Research and development) and article 11 (Transfer of technology and know-how) Monday,30 October 2023 15h30 UTC to 17h30 UTC 16h30 CET to 18h30 CET 11h30 EDT to 13h30 EDT On Monday, 30 October 2023, KEI… Continue Reading

KEI initial comments on Draft text for a WIPO Broadcast Organization treaty, SCCR/44/3, Article 2,3,5,8 and 14

SCCR-44-3-Articles-2-3-5-8-14-comments-24oct2023 This is a comment on the most recent version of the proposed WIPO treaty for broadcasting organizations, SCCR/44/3. KEI’s primary concerns with SCCR/44/3 discussed in this note are that the definitions of broadcasting and protected programmes are too broad,… Continue Reading

WTO TRIPS Council – 20 November 2020 – South Africa’s defense of the TRIPS waiver

On Friday, 20 November 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO) convened an informal, virtual meeting of the TRIPS Council to discuss a proposal (IP/C/W/669) co-sponsored by Eswatini, India, Kenya, and South Africa for a waiver from certain provisions of the… Continue Reading