WASHINGTON: USTrade Representative Katherine Tai said on Tuesday (May 4)that making vaccines more widely available throughout the world is needed to end the coronavirus pandemic and foster economic recovery.
In remarks to a Council of the Americas conference, Tai said the world had made real strides toward ending the pandemic but that a lot of work lies ahead.
That includes making the vaccine widely available and addressing the global inequity in vaccine access, she said. This is not just a public health requirement. Our economic recovery depends on it.
Tai is due to discuss demands from developing countries for a World Trade Organization waiver of intellectual property rights on coronavirus vaccines during a WTO General Council meeting later this week.