TRIPS flexibilities in Africa: are countries equipped to protect public health?
30/04/2020 / 16:00-17:00
Graduate Institute Geneva Prof. Yousuf Vawda will present an outline of a recently-published paper with a comprehensive overview of the legal and policy frameworks with regard to TRIPS flexibilities and their use to enable access to medicines in selected African countries. He will then make recommendations for optimising the use of the flexibilities to protect public health and analyse the extent to which African countries are equipped to use those measures, including for health emergencies such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Lynette Mabote will discuss the subject, providing a regional perspective from efforts by civil society organisations from Sub-Saharan Africa working to advance access to medicines in the region including through reforms in national and regional laws to incorporate the use of TRIPS flexibilities.