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Poorest countries granted TRIPs extension

Alli Pyrah, New York

Some of the world’s poorest countries will have access to affordable medicine for another eight years after WTO members agreed to extend the deadline for them to implement intellectual property provisions under the TRIPs Agreement.

Last week, the WTO issued a decision to extend the deadline for what it calls the “least developed countries” until July 1 2021, and said that a further extension may be possible when...

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