Wednesday, 6 July, 2022
TopicTRIPS

Topic: TRIPS

US, EU draft to amend India’s TRIPS waiver proposal shows West hypocrisy at its best

The TRIPS Agreement focused on the IPRs that restricted access and Covid vaccine supplies. India must shout a defiant ‘no’ against a sloppy US draft.

WTO meeting on India-South Africa proposal for vaccines patent waiver likely to be ‘stormy’

US & China have backed the revised proposal by India and SA, but EU, Australia, Japan & others continue to oppose it and plan to prevent any formal negotiations on the matter.

Why the TRIPS waiver is unlikely to solve India’s Covid-19 vaccine shortage

Instead of trying to obtain an IP waiver, the govt must enable vaccine manufacturers to expand production & reduce inefficiencies in procurement & distribution.

PM Modi asked to take on the US to ensure TB drugs remain affordable

Modi announced India’s plan to eliminate TB by 2025 four months ago, but American intervention has put spanner in the works.

On Camera

YourTurn

New Brezza is not just a facelift. Maruti-Suzuki has worked to make it tough

I drove the automatic variant and it felt a bit languid on the open road. Prices start from Rs 8 lakh and go up to Rs 14 lakh for the automatic dual-tone variant.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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