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"The administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for Covid-19 vaccines", Tai said.

House Democrats on Tuesday amped up pressure on the White House to support the temporary suspension of patent protections on coronavirus vaccines, releasing a letter signed by most of the chamber's Democratic caucus calling on President Biden to "restore America's public health leadership on the world stage".

WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday described as the "moral and economic issue of our time".

"A waiver is the simple but the wrong answer to what is a complex problem", the Geneva-based International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations lobby group said, describing the United States move as "disappointing". But the shift in the U.S.' position will likely be seen as a major step to aiding global efforts to fight the pandemic.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Ontario administered 132,603 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the past day, with 5,599,723 doses administered in total and 381,123 people in Ontario are fully vaccinated.

"It is unconscionable that amid a global health crisis, huge multibillion dollar pharmaceutical companies continue to prioritize profits by protecting their monopolies and driving up prices rather than prioritizing the lives of people everywhere, including in the Global South", Sanders said in a video last month.

In an effort to boost the country's collapsing health system, the Reserve Bank of India announced $6.7 billion in cheap financing for vaccine makers, hospitals and health firms. She also said there's evidence that breast-feeding mothers would benefit from the vaccine as the antibodies transfer to the infant to provide protection.

Vaccine registration on CoWIN for 18-44 years begins at THIS time
COVID-19 vaccination certificates are available for download via Aarogya Setu, CoWIN , DigiLocker, and Umang apps in India. You can now select a health center in your area by entering your PIN Code area to schedule an appointment for the vaccine.

But there was no immediate announcement on fresh funding. The province is expected to receive over 4 million of those doses in May and more than 3.7 million in June.

The justification for the waiver rests on an incorrect assumption that IP rights are a significant bottleneck to the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

That group of workers includes all elementary and secondary school workers, child-care workers, food and manufacturing workers, and agriculture and farm workers.

"Bold move and the right move", USAID Administrator Samantha Power said.

"We are moving as quickly as possible to get vaccine into arms, which means at times, there will be bumps along the way in our rollout and delivery".

"Well, we're going to decide that as we go along, I haven't made that decision yet", Mr. Biden said on Tuesday afternoon at the White House, after he delivered remarks on the U.S.'s vaccination campaign.

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