China News Service, May 26th. At the regular press conference of the Ministry of Commerce held on the 26th, some media asked questions about the progress of the WTO's negotiation on the text of the temporary exemption for the new crown vaccine. In this regard, the spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce Gao Feng said that the Chinese side Always firmly support the intellectual property exemption of the new crown vaccine.
As early as May 2021, China announced its support for the exemption of intellectual property rights for the new crown vaccine and an early decision by the WTO.
Gao Feng revealed that at present, WTO members are conducting intensive consultations on the text of the proposal.
As a staunch supporter of the multilateral trading system and an important contributor to international cooperation against the epidemic, China will follow the WTO's basic principles of fairness, transparency, and non-discrimination, continue to actively and constructively participate in consultations, and work with WTO members to strive for WTO membership. Organize the 12th Ministerial Conference to harvest this important outcome and make active efforts to make China's contribution to improving the accessibility and affordability of the new crown vaccine for developing members and promoting the joint construction of a community of human health.