EU Calls on US, Others to Export Their COVID-19 Vaccines

PORTO, PORTUGAL – The European Commission called on the United States and other major COVID-19 vaccine producers Friday to export what they make, as the European Union does, rather than talk about waiving intellectual property (IP) rights to the shots. Commission head Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference on the sidelines of a summit of EU leaders that discussions about the waiver would not produce a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the short and medium term. “We should be open to lead this discussion. But when we…

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Covid-19: WHO warns of new wave in Africa

BRAZZAVILLE, May 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The World Health Organization on Thursday warned of a new wave of Covid-19 infections in Africa due to delayed vaccine supplies, a slow rollout and new variants. The African bureau of the UN agency said the continent had to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of vaccine rollouts. “The delay in the delivery of vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India earmarked for Africa, the delay in the deployment of vaccines and the emergence of new variants means that the…

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African Activists Welcome US Support of COVID Vaccine Waiver

JOHANNESBURG – African nations have welcomed news that the U.S. supports a proposal to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines. But, they warn, the road ahead is long and full of obstacles. Health experts and activists say the decision, announced this week by the U.S. trade representative, could save lives in parts of the world where the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage and vaccines are in short supply. Fatima Hassan is director of the Health Justice Initiative, a South African group that advocates for equitable health care. While Hassan…

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