WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Friday called on the nations that are expected to meet at the World Trade Organization next week to vote to deny intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake of the identification of a New coronavirus variant. In South Africa.
However, the meeting he referred to was later postponed after the new variant led to travel restrictions that would have prevented many participants from reaching Geneva. Read more
“The news about this new variant should make clear as ever that the pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations,” Biden said in a statement.
“The news today reiterates the importance of moving on this (dismiss intellectual property protections) quickly.”
The Biden administration faces recent criticism over a failure to get vaccines to poorer countries while providing free booster shot to Americans, after the new variant named Omicron was identified.
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Report by Nandita Bose, written by Lucia Mutikani and Heather Timmons, edited by Chris Reese
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