Africa Treatment Access: Contact President and Congress on Africa Executive Order
January 26, 2001
We suspect that this news story was leaked in order to test the political strength of supporters of treatment access for Africa, vs. that of the pharmaceutical industry. Although this industry has given millions of dollars of campaign contributions, mostly to Republicans, no one knows how President Bush will decide to handle this issue.
The Africa Policy Information Center (http://www.africapolicy.org) provided some background in an alert emailed on January 26:
President Bush, after only three days in office, is reportedly considering reversing President Clinton's executive order preventing the U.S. from retaliating against African nations that seek to draw upon entirely legal provisions within the World Trade Organization to secure affordable medicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. The pharmaceutical industry, one of his largest corporate contributors, has aggressively sought to prevent African nations from using compulsory licensing and parallel imports to obtain these medicines cheaply... [This alert is at http://www.africapolicy.org/adna/hiv0101c.htm]
Write or call President George W. Bush at the White House, Washington D.C. 20500, or 202-456-1111.
Write to your Senators at the U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20501, and to your Congressional Representative at the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515, or call their local or Washington offices. Make sure it is clear that you are a constituent.
Copyright 2001 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.
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