Medicine equality does not exist
Who gets to decide if you receive a life-saving vaccine? Or treatment you need for cancer, malaria or other life-threatening conditions?
In 1995, the World Trade Organization introduced the TRIPS Agreement, launching patent rights for medicines, vaccines and other essential health technologies. It was supposed to incentivize innovation by rewarding investment.
But the patent system is broken — it always has been. Pharma’s profits are up but medical breakthroughs are down.
Where you live is also a factor in whether you live or die. It’s time to restore medicines to a public right — it’s a fight for survival.
The pandemic has dragged patent abuse on important medicine into the spotlight
There’s never been a better time to reshape our broken system than right now — it’s time to act.