India welcomes US support over patent access for COVID-19 vaccines

PUBLISHED: Thu, 06 May 2021 09:59:41 GMT

NEW DELHI, May 6 (Reuters) – India on Thursday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s support for a proposal to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines to help make them available to more people more quickly.

India and South Africa have led a proposal at the WTO to waive protections for some patents and technology and boost vaccine production in developing countries.

“We are appreciative of U.S. support,” foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said. (Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; editing by John Stonestreet)

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