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More support easing vaccine patent rules, but hurdles remain

More support easing vaccine patent rules, but hurdles remain Photo: Moderna

JAMEY KEATEN
Created: May 06, 2021 04:09 PM

GENEVA (AP) - Several world leaders have praised the U.S. move to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines for poor nations by suspending patent protections on the shots.

But it wasn’t clear if that would actually lead to the measures being lifted.

Activists and international institutions cheered but Big Pharma fired back after the Biden administration called for a waiver of intellectual property protections.

If even just one country votes against a waiver at the World Trade Organization, it would be sunk.

The move made the U.S. the first country in the developed world with big vaccine manufacturing to publicly support the idea.

And the vocal support that followed from French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday suggested that countries were reassessing their positions. 

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