EU ‘ready to discuss’ waiver on Covid vaccine patents

EU ‘ready to discuss’ waiver on Covid vaccine patentsMay 6, 2021

Emmanuel Macron also supports US-backed proposal described as a gamechanger by WHO

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The head of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said the bloc is “ready to discuss” a US-backed proposal for a waiver on the patents for Covid-19 vaccines and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said he was “absolutely in favour” of the plan as pressure built for a move that could boost their production and distribution around the world.

Pharmaceutical companies reacted with anger, and some countries with private astonishment, at the Joe Biden administration’s decision on Wednesday to back the temporary suspension of vaccine patent rights. One diplomat accused the US of grandstanding and coming up with crowd-pleasing simplistic solutions to long-term problems.

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