Biden told when pandemic will end
U.S. President Joe Biden said the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus confirms the need to lift intellectual property restrictions on vaccines: the pandemic will not end until vaccinations are made worldwide.
“News of a new variant of the coronavirus should make it clearer than ever that the pandemic will not end until vaccination is global,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House press office.
Biden stated that the call to remove intellectual property rights from vaccines is becoming more urgent.
“I urge countries going to next week’s World Trade Organization ministerial meeting to respond to the U.S. cry to remove intellectual property protections on COVID vaccines so they can be produced globally. I supported this position in April; today’s news confirms the importance of moving forward quickly,” the U.S. president said.