Just watched a documentary about AIDS and how Thailand, Kenya, and Brazil are dealing with it. An interesting fact came up, namely that Brazil produces its own ARV drugs – the drugs needed to keep people with AIDS alive and living a healthy life.
So my question was: how come Brazil produces its own medicine, thus making sure that the country does not have a mortality epidemic, whereas other countries don’t? The professor then explained that the WTO does not allow any other countries to produce ARVs.
Brazil actually wanted to produce the drugs for other countries as well, at a much CHEAPER cost, but the WTO didn’t allow it to.
Because the companies producing and researching the drug had to make profit off of it.
While people die.
Seriously, how are people not protesting against these ridiculous institutions every day?