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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