Biden trade adviser and Bill Gates discussed IPR waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s top trade adviser met virtually with Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates on Tuesday about increasing COVID-19 vaccine production and the proposed waiver of intellectual property rights protections for vaccines.

“Ambassador (Katherine) Tai emphasized that the Biden-Harris administration’s top priority is saving lives and ending the pandemic, and she stressed her commitment to working on a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a statement issued by Tai’s office on Wednesday.

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