Under Pressure, US Already Admits Vaccine Patent Waiver – 02/05/2021 – Nelson de Sá

A few weeks ago, Reuters learned from a director of the World Health Organization that the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm had shown “efficiency compatible with WHO requirements” for the approval process. .

And for days, the Chinese media, as well as the American media, waited for the acceptance by the WHO of the two – which, underlines the channel CGTN, showed an effectiveness of 56.5% and 79.3%, respectively. . Approval is due this week.

According to the Global Times, China is expected to produce more than 3 billion doses of the Covid vaccine by the end of the year.

At the same time, six months after India and South Africa submitted the request to the World Trade Organization, the chief of staff and the US national security adviser told CBS and ABC that ‘They would open negotiations this week to “overcome intellectual property issues. Intellectual property” and allow “the whole world to get vaccinated.”

On NBC, also on Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders (above) returned to advocate for the US government to force drug companies to waive these rights “when millions of lives are at stake around the world.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Pfizer, J&J and AstraZeneca “wrote to Joe Biden in March, urging him to oppose waiver” of intellectual property rights for vaccines. But, the newspaper noted on the home page, “the pressure is growing to give up patents.”

IN THE INDIAN BACK YARD

According to The Times of India, neighboring and allied countries Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka “began to accept Chinese vaccines when Indian supplies dried up”, with the suspension of vaccine exports from New Delhi, middle of the new wave in the country.

CHINA & GERMANY, NOW IN VACCINES

In a meeting with her colleague Li Keqiang at the end of the week, Angela Merkel said China and Germany should “recognize each other’s vaccines” and talk about production, Bloomberg reported.

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