Reducing Pharmaceutical Tariffs to Invigorate Indonesia’s Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the important roles both innovation and international trade play in addressing public health concerns. Global collaboration and trade cooperation is essential to delivering breakthrough medicines. Trade barriers, such as high tariffs, make addressing public health concerns more costly for patients. Tariffs are essentially taxes that are levied when a product enters the country.

Strengthening Indonesia’s Economy Through Investments in Health Systems

Investing in health care has immense benefits to local patients and the economy. In fact, for every $1 invested in improving health systems in developing economies, countries can expect an economic return of $2-$4, resulting in a healthier population and higher productivity.

What We Are Watching: 75th World Health Assembly

This week, the 75th World Health Assembly will convene key leaders from 194 member states to discuss some of the most pressing global public health challenges. As the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, the WHA will determine WHO policies, programs and budgets.

Intellectual Property Accelerates Research and Innovation in Southeast Asia

Intellectual property has enabled unprecedented collaborations to innovate and speed up progress on hundreds of potential COVID-19 treatments, diagnostics and vaccines for the world. As we celebrate World Innovation Day on April 21 and World IP Day on April 26, we are reminded how valuable strong intellectual property laws are to addressing global challenges through innovation.