Sharing excess production and supporting the COVAX program are faster ways to get COVID-19 vaccines to people than removing patent protection, says Nathalie Moll from the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations.
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The COVAX program aims to acquire vaccines for poorer countries. Recently, donor countries have pledged millions of additional doses. But the project continues to face many hurdles.
President Joe Biden is expected to make the announcement before the G7 summit kicks off. The donation comes as the US attempts to reclaim its role as a global leader after four years of isolationism.
The US will support a proposal to waive IP protections for coronavirus vaccines, Washington's top trade official has said. More than 100 countries want the temporary suspension of patents on COVID-19 vaccines.
Africa has the lowest vaccination rate of all continents. African countries have received few doses so far. But, even when doses are available, some countries struggle to get people vaccinated.
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