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AMSTERDAM – Garment worker unions and rights groups have called on global fashion brands which rely on sourcing from low income countries in Asia to publicly back calls to waive IP protections for Covid-19 vaccines. The Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver was first proposes by India and South Africa as a temporary waiver of global intellectual property and trade rules until widespread vaccination is in place globally. Since then, over 100 governments, including most recently, the US and New Zealand, have supported the waiver proposal.

However, a handful of governments, including the EU, the UK, Canada, and Japan have blocked the waiver.

In a statement, Clean Clothes called on major global brands to put their weight behind calls for the waiver.

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