[Ip-health] 13 October 2021: Indonesia’s statement on the TRIPS waiver

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Sun Oct 17 22:53:34 PDT 2021


13 October 2021: Indonesia’s statement on the TRIPS waiver

Posted on October 16, 2021 by Thiru

On Wednesday, 13 October 2021, Indonesia delivered the following statement
at the TRIPS Council discussions on the TRIPS waiver.



Thank you, Mr. Chair, for giving me the floor and thank you also for your
summary on our activity on this agenda item.

Our position aligns with what have been conveyed [or will be conveyed] by
our fellow co-sponsors.

COVID-19 is without a doubt the greatest and most immediate challenge to
the world today. While parts of the world are making good progress and on
their way to recovery, most low- and middle-income countries are still
struggling in the efforts to combat the pandemic.

A year and a half into the pandemic, close to 5 million people have died.
66 percent of people in high-income countries have so far received at least
one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 2 percent of people in
low-income countries.

Noting what other co-sponsors have said, as well as our own statements in
the past, Indonesia’s position is well known. Indonesia is of the view that
the TRIPS Waiver is necessary to overcome the problems arising from the
highly concentrated production and distribution of the vaccines.

On the way forward, Mr. Chair, with less than 2 months left before MC12, we
need to speed up our work and show good faith in resolving this issue.

Our delegation cannot stress enough the urgency of delivering an outcome on
this issue at the MC12, as failure to do so… will not only reflect badly on
the members but also put into question the relevance and credibility of
this Organization.

We must heed the calls, including those from the Director General of the
World Health Organization and most of the world leaders, that the TRIPS
Waiver is needed as part of the solution to combat the pandemic.

As such, Mr. Chair, we should move beyond conceptual discussions and move
towards a real text-based negotiation of the TRIPS Waiver proposal. Rest
assured that Indonesia remains fully committed to engage constructively for
a meaningful outcome at the MC12.

Thank you.

Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org

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