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HIV and the TPP

Trans-Pacific Partnership map

By Belinda O’Donnell

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may seem peripheral to the ongoing fight against HIV at first glance. Yet many activists and analysts are saying the free trade agreement between the United States and eleven other Pacific Rim countries (New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Vietnam) is worth a second look. If the agreement is successfully adopted, the TPP will shape the new rules of commercial engagement for over 800 million people, spanning 36% of the global economy. The scale and scope of the pending TPP make this a significant agreement on which crucial gains in global health will either be made or reversed. Continue reading