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Thu May 6, 2021, 04:41 AM

Von der Leyen: EU 'ready to discuss' intellectual property waiver for Covid vaccines

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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1h ago 8:40

Von der Leyen: EU 'ready to discuss' intellectual property waiver for Covid vaccines

A little more on that idea of a patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines here from Reuters. The European Union has said it is willing to discuss the proposal, now backed by the United States.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said today: “The EU is also ready to discuss any proposals that addresses the crisis in an effective and pragmatic manner. That’s why we are ready to discuss how the US proposal for a waiver on intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines could help achieve that objective.”

She was speaking to the European University Institute in Florence. In the video address, she also said that, “In the short run, however, we call upon all vaccine-producing countries to allow exports.”

Updated at 9.05am BST

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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-60939cc58f08ee11c754aafe#block-60939cc58f08ee11c754aafe

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