More than 60 former heads of state, including former leaders of Britain and France, and over 100 Nobel Prize winners called on U.S. President Joe Biden to back a waiver of intellectual property rules for COVID-19 vaccines.
A waiver would boost vaccine manufacturing and speed up the response to the pandemic in poorer countries which otherwise might have to wait years, they said in a joint letter to Biden sent to news organisations on Wednesday.
The letter asked Biden to back a proposal by South Africa and India at the World Trade Organization to temporarily waive intellectual property rules related to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
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A group of 175 former world leaders and Nobel laureates is urging the US to take ‘urgent action’ to suspend intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines to help boost global inoculation rates https://t.co/mI2tFb2Rrz
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) April 14, 2021