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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

WHO IGWG meeting concludes

Kaitlin Mara and William New, WHO IP And Health Group Concludes With Progress; Tough Issues Remain For Assembly, Intellectual Property Watch, May 6, 2008.

The article doesn't contain much news on the OA-related provisions of the plan, but it does contain a working link to the latest available draft (as of May 3). This permits comparison to the latest version available from the WHO (dated July 31, 2007). Of note is the language in element 2.4, not present in the previous version:
(2.4) Promoting greater access to knowledge and technology relevant to meet public health needs of developing countries ...

(b) promote public access to the results of government funded research, by strongly encouraging that all investigators funded by governments submit to an open access database an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts ...
See also previous coverage of the meeting.