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One of the cornerstones of TAG’s work is weighing in on mission-related issues by sending comment letters to a variety of organizations, including Federal agencies, Senate and House committees, Pharmaceutical companies, and the WHO. Various staff members also frequently testify in person at committee hearings, and submit written testimony.

2022 Letters

Public Comment Submitted to the Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability (ACBTSA)
November 10, 2022 — 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.

Toward an Actionable and Rigorous United States Monkeypox Research Agenda
September 14, 2022 — On September 14, 2022, a coalition of activists, researchers, and public health professionals sent the following letter to the White House MPX Coordinators, OSTP, CDC, and NIH/NIAID asking for a coordinated and adequately funded comprehensive Federal r…

Monkeypox Vaccine Equity Letter to NYS and NYC Health Commissioners Dr Bassett and Dr Vasan
August 18, 2022 — An open letter from community partners, including TAG, asking for a mixed ID/SQ does strategy for monkeypox vaccination and demanding flexibility from our federal partners.

Letter to WTO Condemning Failure to Waive IP Rules
June 17, 2022 — TAG and 300 NGOs worldwide condemn the U.S., U.K., E.U., & Switzerland for blocking an intellectual property waiver for purposes of global COVID-19 vaccine production. In light of this shameful failure, we urge countries to act outside of WHO structures to save lives.

TAG Submission to WHO Public Hearing Regarding a New International Instrument on Pandemic Preparedness and Response
April 13, 2022 — At the first of these two public hearings TAG submitted the following statement with six reasons why the new international instrument must explicitly acknowledge the right to science as a central guiding framework.

Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Input to HRC resolution 47/17
February 9, 2022 — On February 9, TAG submitted this testimony to the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) to inform its upcoming report to the Human Rights Council (HRC) on ‘human rights in the context of HIV/AIDS’ (HRC resolution 47/17).

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