US announces support for waiver on coronavirus vaccine patents

The United States has backed an initiative at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive rights for production of coronavirus vaccines giving poorer countries the access to vaccine patents.

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The World Trade Organization will meet today for further negotiations as consensus of all 164 member countries is required to put the waiver into effect.

The United States and several other countries previously blocked negotiations at the WTO about the waiver of protections and boosting vaccine production in developing countries saying this would divert efforts and resources from existing production sites.

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