The Biden’s administration faced growing pressure to help low-income countries access the much-needed coronavirus.
The top U.S. trade representative will begin discussions with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on ways to spread the COVID-19 vaccine more widely as the country faces increasing pressure to help other countries get it. Enormous necessity
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday that US Trade Representative Katherine Tai will hold talks with the WTO. Share more widely. “
“We are going to have more to say in the coming days,” Klain said during an interview with CBS̵7;s Face the Nation news program.
US President Joe Biden faces calls for a waiver of the much-needed intellectual property rights to the coronavirus vaccine so that more countries can produce more drugs.
The United States, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, has accelerated the vaccination of its own populations this year, with nearly 56 percent of adults having at least one jab to date, according to the Center for Control. And the United States Disease Prevention (CDC) information.
But many countries are unable to vaccinate their populations quickly amid a global shortage of vaccines and other challenges – and public health experts say the United States should do more to promote vaccine equality around the world.
Last month, international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) called on wealthy countries to stop blocking patent waivers for the COVID-19 vaccine to help low-income countries get safe doses.
The United States said last week it was considering options to increase global vaccine production and supply at the lowest cost, including supporting a proposed intellectual property waiver. But no decisions have been made
Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said on Sunday that management believes the pharmaceutical company “should provide it at scale and cost to the world so that everyone is not vaccinated.”
Tai’s office did not respond to an emailed request for further details from The Associated Press.
Also on Sunday, independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said that while the United States had to make sure that all its citizens were vaccinated as quickly as possible, it had a “moral obligation that would be immunized.” To make sure other countries can access jabs as well.
“I think what do we say now to pharmaceutical companies when millions of lives are at risk? Yes – allow other countries to have these intellectual property rights so that they can produce the vaccines they need to be at risk. Poor country Sanders said in an interview on NBC News’ Meet the Press.
“There is something morally detestable about a rich country that can get that vaccine and millions of people in poor countries cannot afford it.”