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News Flash: Brazil; South Africa Lawsuit Letter

January 26, 2001

As this issue went to press:

  1. The World Trade Organization is convening a panel on a United States complaint against Brazil's internationally praised AIDS program, which manufactures low-cost generic copies of antiretroviral drugs and makes them available without charge to patients. "The U.S. complaint threatens the Brazilian AIDS policy, which includes providing free drugs to HIV infected people. The lives of hundreds of thousands of patients depend on this system," says Bernard Pecoul, director of MSF's (Doctors Without Borders') Access to Essential Medicines campaign. "The U.S. action will also intimidate countries which would like to take up Brazil's offer to help them produce AIDS medicine." More than 120 Brazilian AIDS organizations have called for support of the Brazilian program.

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  2. AIDS activists and organizations are circulating a community sign-on letter to all of the pharmaceutical companies that are parties to the March 5 lawsuit against South Africa. The letter and instructions for signing are at:

ISSN # 1052-4207

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