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OMC – Proseguirán los debates sobre una respuesta común a la COVID-19 en el ámbito de la PI

 

 

En una reunión formal del Consejo de los Aspectos de los Derechos de Propiedad Intelectual relacionados con el Comercio (Consejo de los ADPIC) celebrada el 18 de noviembre, los Miembros de la OMC acordaron que seguirían deliberando activamente hasta la Duodécima Conferencia Ministerial (CM12) de la OMC con el fin de encontrar una respuesta común a la COVID-19 en el ámbito de la propiedad intelectual. El Presidente del Consejo, Embajador Dagfinn Sørli (Noruega), dijo que no escatimará esfuerzos para estudiar todas las opciones disponibles con miras a alcanzar un resultado basado en el consenso en la Conferencia Ministerial que se celebrará del 30 de noviembre al 3 de diciembre.

Members adopted the oral status report that will be submitted by the chair of the TRIPS Council to the General Council scheduled for 22-23 November. The text provides a factual overview of discussions held at the TRIPS Council since October 2020, both on the proposal by India and South Africa (IP/C/W/669/Rev.1) requesting a waiver from certain provisions of the TRIPS Agreement for the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19 and the proposal by the European Union (IP/C/W/681) for a draft General Council declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health in the circumstances of a pandemic.

While the report indicates that delegations remain committed to the common goal of providing timely and secure access to high-quality, safe, efficacious and affordable vaccines and medicines for all, it also acknowledges that differences remain on significant questions.

On the waiver request proposal, the report indicates that disagreement persists on the fundamental question of whether a waiver is the appropriate and most effective way to address the shortage and inequitable distribution of, and access to, vaccines and other COVID-19-related products. On the EU proposal, the report notes that disagreement persists on the fundamental question of whether this initiative is the appropriate and most effective way to address the shortage and inequitable distribution of, and access to, vaccines and other COVID-19-related products.

This means that the TRIPS Council will remain in session beyond the General Council and potentially all the way to the Ministerial Conference. Therefore, the Council will continue to provide a forum for delegations to provide transparency on their ongoing talks and to adopt any elements or solutions they may have found so that they can be recommended to ministers before MC12 starts.

The chair announced that the TRIPS Council will formally resume on 29 November, not excluding the possibility of an earlier resumption at short notice should the circumstances require it.

Ambassador Sørli encouraged members to remain seriously engaged, flexible and focused on an outcome, which in his view still remains within reach. The role of IP in the context of the pandemic has become the centre of attention in the run-up to MC12, and a pragmatic and tangible outcome of these discussions would be a strong and positive signal to the Ministerial Conference and the global community as a whole, he said.

Moving forward, Ambassador Sørli will reach out to delegations to ensure that every opportunity to find possible landing zones ahead of MC12 is used. He underlined that ministers cannot be expected to draft a solution on a blank piece of paper during MC12 and committed to do his best “to make sure that no stone is left unturned” to find a solution that is agreeable to all members.

Fuente: OMC

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