China supports WTO talks on intellectual property waiver for COVID vaccines

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China’s Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said on Thursday that Beijing supports a proposal by the World Trade Organization for an intellectual property protection waiver on COVID-19 vaccines to enter the consultation stage.

British and European Union officials have been skeptical about the usefulness of a US proposal to waive patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, while saying they are prepared to discuss it.

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Drugmakers and some other governments opposed the idea, saying it would not solve global inoculation shortages.

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“China supports the WTO’s proposal on IP exemptions for anti-epidemic materials such as the COVID vaccine to enter the text consultation stage,” Gao said at a regular news conference in Beijing.

“China will work with all parties to actively participate in consultations and jointly promote a balanced and effective solution,” he said.

China says supports talks on WTO proposal for intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

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