Biden Administration Backs TRIPS Waiver After Months Of Pressure

By Hannah Monicken / May 5, 2021 at 4:13 PM
The U.S. will support a proposed waiver of World Trade Organization intellectual property obligations for COVID-19 vaccines and “actively participate” in text-based negotiations in Geneva, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced on Wednesday, arguing the global emergency “calls for extraordinary measures.” The announcement is a big win for civil society advocates and many Democratic members of Congress who have pushed the Biden administration for months to support the waiver as a moral imperative. “This is a global health crisis, and...

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