Waiver yet to be approved by World Trade Organisation but Biden administration’s position will have strong influence on decision

The US has declared its support for a patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines to boost their production and distribution around the world.

The waiver will not take place immediately as it has to be approved by consensus at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), but the decision of the Biden administration to throw its weight behind a waiver will have a strong influence on the outcome of that decision.

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