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US President Biden calls for intellectual property exemption on COVID-19 vaccines

U.S. President Joe Biden announces the appointment of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to a second four-year term and Federal Reserve Board Member Lael Brainard as Vice Chairman to Eisenhower’s South Court Auditorium Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, US, Nov. 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on countries meeting next week at the World Trade Organization to waive intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa. Africa.

“The news of this new variant should make it clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations,” Biden said in a statement.

“Today’s news reiterates how important it is to act quickly (waiving intellectual property protection).”

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Reporting by Nandita Bose, written by Lucia Mutikani, editing by Chris Reese

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