HIGH LEVEL INTERNATIONAL FORUM Patent Liberalization and Intellectual Property Considerations, in the Context of COVID-19

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a situation of inequity of access to vaccines in the world. According to recent analysis by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), enough COVID-19 vaccines will be produced in 2021 to cover 70 percent of the population of each country. However, most of that supply was captured by industrialized countries, making it unlikely that many low- and middle-income countries will be able to fully vaccinate their populations before 2023. The situation is exacerbated by mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 that could potentially render first-generation vaccines ineffective in less than a year.

Bolivia supports the adoption of prompt and timely measures of flexibility and rationalization of international standards that protect intellectual property. Bolivia has joined the initiative of India and South Africa in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and has requested in various forums, in particular, the liberalization of patents and the undisclosed information on vaccines, diagnostics and drugs, with the sole purpose of providing developing countries with real access to these products.

As part of this process, the Bolivian State has planned an International Forum to promote global reflection and identify synergistic actions.

About the Forum

The Forum is organized by the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the South Center, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bolivia and the Public University of El Alto (UPEA), as a space for information exchange. technique and debate of public policy options available to developing countries. It will include the participation of international panelists, both from international organizations and representatives from southern countries.

Day: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 08:30 a.m. (Bolivia time)

Link: https://bit.ly/3vb08Q5

ID: 851 4461 7661

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May 2021