Orlando Sentinel

Biden urged to back shot waiver


WASHINGTON — Ten liberal senators are urging President Joe Biden to back India and South Africa’s appeal to the World Trade Organizati­on to temporaril­y relax intellectu­al property rules so coronaviru­s vaccines can be manufactur­ed by nations that are struggling to inoculate their population­s.

The lawmakers, in a letter delivered to the White House on Thursday evening, wrote that Biden should “prioritize people over pharmaceut­ical company profits” and support the temporary waiver of the rules.

A waiver could pave the way for generic or other manufactur­ers to make more vaccines.

More than 100 nations support a temporary waiver, which could help vaccine manufactur­ing ramp up in poorer countries that are struggling to acquire vaccine supplies.

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