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New WTO chief urges manufacturers to share Covid-19 vaccine licenses

Source : 112 Ukraine

This move will provide vaccines to poor countries that have not received a single dose so far
15:08, 14 March 2021

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The new head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala urged coronavirus vaccine manufacturers to prepare to transfer licenses for their drugs to other companies. She spoke about this in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Deutsche welle reports.

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“About 60 countries in the world have the vaccine, and over 130 countries do not have a single dose. This is unacceptable because people are dying,” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emphasized.

In her opinion, companies that produce vaccines must urgently prepare the ground for licensed production of their drugs by other companies so that poor countries can be provided with anti-coronavirus vaccinations.

Meanwhile, the United States plans to launch a large-scale information campaign against the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Reports about this of practically the same content with reference to an anonymous "high-ranking source in the Kremlin" were simultaneously disseminated by the largest news agencies TASS, RIA Novosti and Interfax.

"Against the background of the growing demand for the Russian Sputnik V vaccine around the world, including in European countries, the United States and its allies, according to our intelligence services, are planning to launch a large-scale information campaign aimed at creating a bias towards domestic scientific developments to counteract the spread of Covid-19", the message reads.

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