U.S. urges all WTO members to support intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The White House on Thursday called on all World Trade Organization members to support an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. “We … need every WTO member to step up as well and support an intellectual property waiver, and every company must act ambitiously and urgently to expand manufacturing now,” White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters. A year after South Africa and India introduced a proposal to temporarily waive intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and therapies at the WTO, negotiations have failed to make any progress….

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