Sanders Calls For Waiver To Create Generic COVID Vax

NBC News reports:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to grant a patent waiver allowing countries to manufacture generic versions of Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines.

“There is something morally objectionable about rich countries being able to get that vaccine, and yet millions and billions of people in poor countries are unable to afford it,” the senator said.

A potential waiver is opposed by trade groups representing drugmakers and conservatives who have argued that protecting intellectual property is crucial for developing vaccines to address future pandemics.

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