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Public Comment Submitted to the Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability (ACBTSA)

Comment submitted prior to their meeting on November 17, 2022. Comment is in regard to discussion and voting on recommendation related to implementation of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act of 2013, specifically pertaining to HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplantation and pertaining to the following draft recommendation under consideration regarding removal of the statutory “NIH Research Criteria and IRB” requirement.
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TAG Comments on NIST’s Proposed Rulemaking Changes

TAG submitted comments in response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) proposed change to rulemaking, strongly opposing amendments to remove crucial public health safeguards from the Bayh-Dole Act. March-in rights and other provisions to hold manufacturers accountable when federally funded inventions are exorbitantly priced and are critically important to public health and the right to science.
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Civil Society Letter to Donors, Countries, and Health Actors to Improve Access to GeneXpert and Other Diagnostics

TAG led an open letter appealing to donors, countries, and health actors to improve access to GeneXpert and other diagnostics for COVID-19, TB, HIV, HBV, HCV, and other diseases by applying collective leverage in negotiations with Cepheid for lower prices and sufficient volumes; establishing cost-of-goods-sold (COGS)-plus and volume-based pricing for diagnostics as a global norm; and increasing investments in alternative rapid molecular tests to promote competition and improve access.
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Letter to Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights

Our current letter follows an earlier letter dated June 23, 2020 and calls on the Special Rapporteur for cultural rights to explicitly acknowledge the human rights dimensions of science and reaffirm the right of everyone to participate in and enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications in her forthcoming communication with the United Nations General Assembly on COVID-19.
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