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Thu May 6, 2021, 04:39 AM

WHO's Tedros hails 'historic' US support for vaccine patent waiver

Earlier DU thread: The Biden administration says it will support lifting patent protections

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Source: The Guardian

Coronavirus live: EU ‘ready to discuss’ vaccine patent waiver after WHO calls US move ‘heroic’; new India case record

LIVE updated 4m ago

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4h ago 6:04

WHO’s Tedros hails ‘historic’ US support for vaccine patent waiver

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday hailed the United States’ support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, describing it as a “historic decision”, AFP reports.

The WHO chief wrote on Twitter that the move was a step towards vaccine equity, “prioritizing the well-being of all people everywhere at a critical time”.

“Now let’s all move together swiftly, in solidarity, building on the ingenuity and commitment of scientists who produced life-saving Covid-19 vaccines,” he added.

Tedros has for months pleaded for such a patent waiver - an idea backed by India and South Africa - arguing this would help to ramp up production and make Covid-19 vaccines much more accessible for poorer nations.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/may/06/coronavirus-live-news-who-says-us-support-for-vaccine-patent-waiver-heroic-india-sees-new-case-record?page=with:block-609372298f08ee11c754a914#block-609372298f08ee11c754a914

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