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WCO And WTO Work Together To Facilitate Essential Supplies
The World Customs Organization and World Trade Organization have pledged to work together to break down trade barriers for essential supplies in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
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India Lifts Export Restrictions
India has removed export restrictions on APIs and formulations imposed by the country in March. However, certain measures have been kept in place to ensure that domestic requirements are met for in-demand products such as hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol.
Medicines Must Be Designated As Priority Items, Says IGBA
Governments around the world should designate all medicines as ‘priority essential products’, the IGBA has urged, as a surge in demand coinciding with a reduction in the number of flights and rising freight costs are making it more difficult for suppliers to meet global requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic.
IGBA Criticizes Export Restrictions
National export restrictions on medicines have been slammed by the international off-patent pharmaceutical industry as being “counter-productive” during the coronavirus crisis. The IGBA is instead urging international co-operation and transparency, pointing to a positive example of supply-chain connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region.