WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden on Friday called on countries scheduled to meet at the World Trade Organization next week to agree to waive intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines at following the identification of a new variant of the coronavirus in South Africa.
However, the meeting he was referring to was later postponed after the new variant resulted in travel restrictions that reportedly prevented many attendees from reaching Geneva. Read more
“The news about this new variant should explain more clearly than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations,” Biden said in a statement.
“Today’s news reiterates the importance of moving forward (relinquishing intellectual property protections) quickly. “
The Biden administration faces new criticism over the inability to provide vaccines to poorer countries while providing free boosters to Americans, after the new variant named Omicron was identified.
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Reporting by Nandita Bose, written by Lucia Mutikani and Heather Timmons, editing by Chris Reese
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