Australia to support vaccine waiver after months of pressure from human rights groups | Vaccines and immunisation

Australia will support a global push to waive intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines to allow for cheaper generic versions to be manufactured in developing nations, following months of pressure from human rights groups and foreign governments.

Australia has been one of the last holdouts not to publicly back the plan, and following months of outright resistance and then support only for ongoing negotiations, the trade and investment minister, Dan Tehan, said Australia will now support the waiver at the World Trade Organisation.

For months, Australia’s reluctance to back the waiver had generated criticism from human rights and aid groups, and had even triggered protests outside Australia’s consulate in San Francisco.

On Wednesday, Tehan cited a shift in US policy in May

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News Source: www.theguardian.com

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