Coronavirus live news: WHO says US support for vaccine patent waiver ‘heroic’; India sees new case record

Coronavirus live news: WHO says US support for vaccine patent waiver ‘heroic’; India sees new case recordMay 6, 2021

WHO chief hails US move as ‘heroic’; experts say India peak may not be reached for weeks; Bolsonaro links pandemic to ‘biological warfare’ by China

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President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday the novel coronavirus may have been made in a laboratory to wage “biological warfare,” in the latest comments likely to strain Brazil’s relations with China, AFP reports.

“It’s a new virus. Nobody knows whether it was born in a laboratory or because a human ate some animal they shouldn’t have,” said the far-right leader.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday hailed the United States’ support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, describing it as a “historic decision”, AFP reports.

The WHO chief wrote on Twitter that the move was a step towards vaccine equity, “prioritizing the well-being of all people everywhere at a critical time”.

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