But the WHO team is likely to provide more than just â€œtechnicalâ€ assistance considering that the WHOâ€™s new chief IP official is anti-industry ideologue German Velasquez.
Consider the article Velasquez penned in Le Monde diplomatique not so diplomatically entitled â€œUnhealthy Profits,â€
â€œAfter Doha, it is clear that if drugs are considered as goods, health will remain an extension of the market, with remedies and treatments available only to those with enough purchasing power.â€
Hereâ€™s a link to the complete article (in English):
And hereâ€™s another reason to consider the WHO Bangkok mission as slanted -- there wasnâ€™t a single representative from WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization).
This is Geneva bureaucratic politics at its worst â€“ and blatant disregard for the spirit of international cooperation in both protecting intellectual property rights and advancing public health.