EU leaders slam Biden’s push to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents: not a ‘quick fix’

EU leaders slam Biden’s push to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents: not a ‘quick fix’

European Union leaders blasted on Saturday President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP Senators next week Arizona Secretary of State Gets Security Details on Death Threats Surrounding Election Audit On The Money: Five Things To Take Out Of An Jobs Report Surprisingly mediocre GOP targets unemployment aid after mediocre April gain READ MOREThe decision to waive patents on the COVID-19 vaccine, arguing that the move would not be a “quick fix”.

The leaders expressed their views on the second day of an EU summit in Portugal, according to the Associated Press.

“We do not believe, in the short term, that this is the silver bullet,” said EU Council President Charles Michel, while urging the United States to consider lifting export restrictions in order to ‘have a more global impact on the pandemic, the AP reported.

French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronEU urges Biden administration to increase vaccine exports Thousands of May 1 protesters across France The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden launches blitz for jobs with ‘thank you, Georgia’ MORE also reportedly pushed back, arguing that prioritizing a discussion of intellectual property rights now when it comes to the pandemic “is a false debate.”

The two executives agreed that Biden should instead increase U.S. exports of COVID-19 vaccines to help fight the virus around the world.

“First of all, you have to open up,” Macron said, according to the AP. “In the United States, in the United Kingdom, 100% of what was produced was used in the domestic market.”

He also added that “the Anglo-Saxons must end their export bans”.

“We encourage all partners to facilitate the export of doses (of vaccines),” Michel said.

Macron and Michel echoed the sentiments of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who said on Friday that she would like to see the United States and other wealthy countries expand their vaccine exports.

“We invite all those who engage in the debate on a waiver of (intellectual property) rights to join us in pledging to be ready to export much of what is produced in this region,” said she declared.

Earlier this week, the Biden administration announced its support for lifting international patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, which would allow vaccine production details to be shared with low-income countries so that they can can then take doses themselves.

The pharmaceutical industry opposed the idea of ​​a waiver, saying it would hamper their ability to produce large numbers of doses of vaccine as needed and stifle innovation.

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