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Last, week, the 65th World Health Assembly debated the report on the Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination.  The report  noted the failure of the current international IP system to incentivize research into diseases that disproportionally affect people in developing countries, and recommended a binding convention on R&D into neglected diseases.  At the Assembly, developed countries including the U.S. resisted calls for a binding convention.  A resolution was passed that called on the Director General of the World Health Organization to hold “an open-ended Members States meeting in order to analyze thoroughly the report and the feasibility of the recommendations proposed by the CEWG.”  The resolution  also calls on member states and others to increase their investments in R&D into neglected diseases, and to hold national level consultations to discuss the CEWG report.

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