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House Dems Call on Biden to Allow Vaccine IP Waiver; New York Extends Eviction Moratorium

HeadlineMay 05, 2021

More than half the House Democratic Caucus called on President Biden in a letter Tuesday to stop blocking an effort to waive patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization. They write, “We must make vaccines, testing, and treatments available everywhere if we are going to crush the virus anywhere.” The WTO is meeting today and tomorrow to discuss the waiver.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation extending a moratorium on evictions through August 31. The moratorium was set to expire May 1. New York is also expected to start distributing $2.4 billion in rental assistance. Despite these measures, many New Yorkers are still at risk of losing their homes. At least 50,000 eviction cases have been filed in New York City since the start of the pandemic, the highest number in the country.

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