SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 23 September 2021, Thursday |

EU to discuss COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver – EU’s von der Leyen

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced on Thursday that the European Union is willing to discuss a proposal, now supported by the United States, to waive intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines.

“The EU is also ready to discuss any proposals that addresses the crisis in an effective and pragmatic manner,” von der Leyen said in a speech to the European University Institute in Florence.

“That’s why we are ready to discuss how the U.S. proposal for a waiver on intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines could help achieve that objective,” she added.