The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it supports waiving intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines, as countries struggle to manufacture the life-saving doses. “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines,” United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai wrote in a statement.
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BREAKING: U.S. backs Covid vaccine intellectual property waivers to expand access to shots worldwidehttps://t.co/3sYlvUzYqM
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These extraordinary times and circumstances of call for extraordinary measures.
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