The Point: Biden administration announced a temporary waiver of IP protection on COVID-19 vaccines

CGTN published this video item, entitled “The Point: Biden administration announced a temporary waiver of IP protection on COVID-19 vaccines” – below is their description.

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The Biden administration announced that it supports a temporary waiver of intellectual property protection on COVID-19 vaccines last week. WTO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, praised the commitment as a “monumental moment in the fight against COVID-19.” However, others, including some EU countries, have rebuffed the announcement, saying the proposal will create more problems than solutions. How is the waiver supposed to work? Why do different leaders have different opinions? And what are the most pressing concerns in terms of global supply?


Prof. Ma Ji

Senior C.V. Starr Lecturer, School of Transnational Law, Peking University

Eric Ding

Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists

CGTN YouTube Channel

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