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A group of House Democrats called on President Joe Biden to support a proposal before the WTO that would ease patent and intellectual property protections and let developing countries boost their vaccine production. (May 4)
ROSA DELAURO: The waiver that has been proposed by India and South Africa at the WTO, would, as has been pointed out, temporarily lift intellectual property barriers, allow countries to locally manufacture COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines.
JAN SCHAKOWSKY: We need to make sure that the pharmaceutical companies are willing to share the recipe, are willing to help stand up the ability of countries around the world to produce their own vaccines and to deliver them.
LLOYD DOGGETT: Blocking access to vaccines is anti-humanitarian. It's anti-diplomatic, and it weakens American influence for the good on the global stage. It's particularly important to recognize that it's American taxpayers who have invested more than $20 billion in vaccine research, development, manufacturing, and distribution.
EARL BLUMENAUER: Until the world is fully vaccinated, the United States is not out of the pandemic. We are still at risk for reinfection, for further waves, and it is beyond comprehension that we're not doing everything we can to make sure that we break this vicious cycle of reinfections.
LLOYD DOGGETT: Our message today, quite simply-- please, Mr. President, stop deciding and start acting. Even tomorrow, the administration can act. Fight this pandemic by expanding global vaccine manufacturing capacity.