Katherine Tai, the new US Trade Representative, announced that the US Administration will support the request introduced by India and South Africa to the WTO for a temporary waiver on intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines.
Doing so, President Biden supports the Appeal launched in June 2020 by Professor Yunus, together with 24 Nobel Prize Laureates and 170 former heads of State and Governments, to make Covid-19 vaccine a global common good and more recently with his well-knit letter to Joe Biden advocating for a waiver on WTO TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) aimed to release additional capacities for the production of vaccines, and fill the gap between rich and poor countries for the access to Covid vaccines. M. Yunus even used the words “vaccines apartheid” !
Please read KatherineTai statement at: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2021/may/statement-ambassador-katherine-tai-covid-19-trips-waiver
and Professor Yunus letter to Joe Biden on April 14th:
Dear President Biden - Letter from Heads of State and Government, and Nobel Laureates