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Democratic Lawmaker Pushes Biden to Back Vaccine-Patent Waiver

Feb. 18, 2021, 10:10 PM

A top Democratic lawmaker is pushing President Joe Biden’s administration to support a waiver for sections of the World Trade Organization’s intellectual-property rules to improve vaccine access for poorer nations.

Representative Jan Schakowsky, a progressive from Illinois, said on Thursday that she’s drafted a letter asking Biden to reverse the Trump’s administration’s opposition to removing the barrier for production in developing countries. Schakowsky said that she brought up the proposal at a Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed support. Pelosi’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Schakowsky, who as chief deputy whip ...

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