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India bets for greater TRIPs flexibility at WTO

At a time when the world is battling the Covid-19 pandemic, India has advocated for flexibility in global intellectual property rights (IPR) agreements. The reason behind this stand is to ensure access to essential medicines & vaccines at low costs to all nations. Further, India also held that there was an “urgent need” to build the digital capacities of developing countries and least developed countries (LDC) so that they benefit from e-education and tele-medicine. At the virtual General Council Meeting of the World Trade Organization on Friday, India stressed that these encompass things like imparting digital skills and having a robust broadband infrastructure.