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EU countries are in no hurry to waive vaccine patents

Waiving patents may be a solution in the long term but does not generate more vaccines now, say EU countries.

President of the European Council Charles Michel | Photo: POOL/REUTERS / X80003

EU member countries are ready to look into whether the EU should waive covid-19 vaccine patents.

However, this is no urgent matter, as the patents are not what is currently preventing developing countries from getting vaccines more quickly, according to an informal meeting of the members of the European Council in Porto.

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