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Groups in more than 90 countries warn ISDS system could be used to claim billions from governments over pandemic protections

Countries could be facing a wave of cases from transnational corporations suing governments over actions taken to respond to the Covid pandemic using a system known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS. 630 organisations from across the world, representing hundreds of millions of people, are calling on governments in an open letter [1] to urgently take action to shut down this threat. 

Aid

Campaign group Global Justice Now has condemned new revelations of the UK government putting aid money into fossil fuel projects overseas. Revelations in CDC Group's annual report mean £668m of UK aid has financed fossil fuels overseas since Paris Agreement.

Reacting to US pharma company Gilead's announcement of global pricing for its remdesivir drug, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, said:

"Remdesivir is a drug which has been produced with substantial amounts of public money in the US, and which researchers have estimated could be made for $9 per treatment course (1), but here is Big Pharma company Gilead generously only charging over $2,000! While that is reduced to $600 in lower-income countries, these are still vast price tags. 

Global Justice Now in the media

Aid body CDC accused of wastefulness and secrecy in tackling poverty

15 February 2020

US drug firms body calls for UK to be put on Watch List over prices it pays industry

14 February 2020

The UK Is Holding 'Highly Secret Trade Talks' With Unnamed Countries

14 February 2020