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U.S. Trade Chief Tai Says WTO Vaccine Waiver Making Progress

Oct. 14, 2021, 5:08 PM

The U.S.’s top trade official said there’s been progress in World Trade Organization negotiations aimed at waiving intellectual-property protections for vaccine production, but the challenge is getting all 164 WTO members on board.

“While we are making progress, collectively, there is still a lot more progress that we need to make,” U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Thursday during an event in Geneva.

The WTO has been considering the waiver since last year, when South Africa and India first made the proposal amid the pandemic. It’s been opposed by drugmakers, who argue that few countries have the capacity to produce ...