Textile group supports TRIPS waiver for Covid vaccine

Textile group supports TRIPS waiver for Covid vaccine

As COVID-19 caused huge losses in the fashion sector, the Clean Clothes Campaign, a global network of labour rights, appealed to UK, EU, Norway, Switzerland, and Australia to support the TRIPS waiver proposal.

Washington, USA

As COVID-19
caused huge losses in the fashion sector, the Clean Clothes Campaign, a global
network of labour rights, appealed to UK, EU, Norway, Switzerland, and
Australia to support the TRIPS waiver proposal.

Developing
countries like South Africa and India asked for TRIPS waiver of intellectual
property provisions of COVID-19 vaccines so that people in these countries can
get easy access to vaccines and therapeutics. As per reports, after this
initiative, countries like the USA and the European Union also supported the
proposal.

According to the
Clean Clothes Campaign, garment workers’ unions, and labour and human rights
groups requested the government of various countries to support the TRIPS
waiver and also finalize the proposal at the earliest.  There was an appeal to diversify the
production of vaccines, testings, protective kits, and treatments by these
countries. Also, according to the campaign due to the lockdowns, there has been
a devastating impact on the fashion industry.

Famous brands
like Debenhams, Espirit, the Arcadia Group, and Camaïeu are severely affected.
The campaign also pointed out that the livelihoods of workers and their health
are also affected during the pandemic. The garment and textile industry has
overall suffered huge losses. Through this campaign, the government is
requested to help global brands by supporting the TRIPS waiver and expand the
manufacturing of the vaccines so that the workers are safe and garment supply chains are recovered.

Source: Outlook
The News Scroll

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