U.S. Gives Nod To Waiving Intellectual Property Rules For COVID-19 Vaccines

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it supports waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, as countries struggle to manufacture the life-saving doses.

A statement from United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai said extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for special measures.

The World Health Organization’s director-general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, praised the U.S. decision describing it as a monumental moment in the fight against COVID-19.

World Trade Organization leaders reportedly urged member nations this week to quickly hash out the details of an agreement to temporarily ease the rules protecting intellectual property behind coronavirus vaccines. 

The waiver, proposed by South Africa and India, could remove obstacles to ramping up the production of vaccines in developing countries.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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