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Transformative Policies to Realise Universal Access to Medicines

Transformative Policies to Realise Universal Access to Medicines

The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) publishes a new policy brief entitled: ‘Transformative Policies to Realise Universal Access to Medicines. Why we Need Knowledge Commons and Public Options for Pharmaceuticals to Realise the Rights to Health and Science.’  

The research frames universal access to medicines as a fundamental component of several human rights, including the rights to life, health, and science. However, as exemplified by stark inequalities in accessing COVID-19 vaccines, progress towards universal access to life-saving medicines is staggering.  

In this context, the policy brief argues that commercial models for researching, developing, manufacturing, and delivering medicines are limited when it comes to meet human rights goals.  


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