US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he plans to back a World Trade Organisation (WTO) waiver for vaccine Intellectual Property (IP) and would talk about it later in the day. The target comes less than a week after the government said all adults would be eligible for a vaccine starting the week of May 24. The International Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation has warned that the global economy stands to lose as much as $9.2 trillion if governments fail to ensure access to Covid-19 vaccines for what it called developing economies.
Bonnie Henry says scientific data shows that pregnant people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have commonly had more severe illness - similar to someone in their 50s.
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Shortly before the announcement, Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said in an interview that the USA has a "moral obligation" to share coronavirus vaccines and supplies worldwide to end the pandemic. But Rockwell pointed to a change in tone after months of wrangling. But he cautioned that doing so would not be a quick fix for the current crisis, including surging cases and deaths in India.
Okonjo-Iweala, in remarks posted on the WTO website, said it was "incumbent on us to move quickly to put the revised text on the table, but also to begin and undertake text-based negotiations".
Co-sponsors of the idea were shuttling between different diplomatic missions to make their case, according to a Geneva trade official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. COVAX has already begun supplying over 140 countries with almost 240 million doses of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech.More news: White House to shift COVID-19 vaccine to states with more need
"This is a monumental moment in the fight against #COVID19", he said of U.S. support for the patent waiver, describing Biden's commitment as "a powerful example of leadership to address global health challenges".
The aim is to suspend the rules for several years, just long enough to beat down the pandemic.
The WHO director-general also looked ahead to next month's G-7 Meeting in Britain and called on the gathering of the world's economic leaders to help fund a $19 billion shortfall in a WHO program that that delivers COVID-19 treatments to poor nations around the world.
India and South Africa were among the lead countries that had campaigned for the IP waiver.More news: Wisconsin shooting leaves three people dead and more injured