U.S. Blocks Waiver on Vaccine Intellectual Property Protections

HeadlineFeb 24, 2021

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is calling on the U.S. to agree to a temporary waiver on intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines. The U.S. is blocking an international move to waive World Trade Organization rules, which require countries guarantee drug companies’ monopoly control, and contribute to vaccine nationalism. As of last week, 130 countries had not yet received a single vaccine dose.

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