US to engage in talks on COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

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Four vials of the COVID-19 vaccine doses

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses are pictured at a new giant vaccination center run by the Paris Fire Brigade, May 6, 2021. France joined the United States on Thursday in supporting an easing of patent and other protection on COVID-19 vaccines that could help poorer countries get more doses and speed the end of the pandemic.

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In a major policy shift, the US announced it would support the COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver efforts and engage in negotiations over the specifics. But many in the vaccine industry warn that a waiver does not address the underlying problem of vaccine shortages. And, the European Union and the United Nations are expressing concern over police violence against protesters in the Colombian city of Cali, where officers have killed and injured several protesters this week. Also, is nudism experiencing a renaissance during lockdown? One society of nudists in the UK says they’ve experienced an uptick in interest during the pandemic.


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