Washington, D.C. – Following today’s announcement by the World Trade Organization’s General Council that member states have agreed to delay a final decision on an expanded intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 products, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:
“The WTO’s decision to delay the expanded intellectual property waiver is a welcome step toward protecting American innovation and technology leadership. This is vital not only for future pandemic responses, but also for the sector’s ability to produce new and advanced treatments or fund critical research and development.
“Manufacturers in the U.S. are leading our post-pandemic recovery and investing heavily in the development of cures and therapeutics. An expanded WTO waiver would force manufacturers in America to give away rights unfairly to international competitors and economic rivals like China, disincentivize companies from continuing the cutting-edge research underway, put jobs at risk and harm the sector’s global competitiveness.
“Manufacturers will continue to work with partners around the world to tackle current and emerging health challenges, while protecting the IP rights of those many companies which have been so essential to an effective pandemic response.”
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.9 million men and women, contributes $2.77 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 55% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org