I am writing on behalf of MSF to express our disappointment that J&J has not yet placed any patent into the Medicines Patent Pool and that it has announced in a recent letter to the Medicines Patent Pool that it is not ready to engage in formal negotiations.
My name is Dr. Tido von Schoen-Angerer and I am speaking on behalf of Médecins Sans Frontières. Thank you for the opportunity to address this important gathering.
In 2000, I was working in one of MSF’s AIDS projects. Our response to the pandemic was one based on a simple medical decision: faced with the urgency of patients dying, the only acceptable response was to treat. This was an ethical imperative, to treat, regardless of the difficulties.
Testimony from MSF Submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Meeting of the International Subcommittee of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Townhall Meeting on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Delivered By Rachel M. Cohen, U.S. Director, MSF Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines