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EU Open To Discussing US Proposal To Share Vaccine Technology

US propose to abolish rulings preventing vaccine technology duplication.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said the EU is ready to discuss a US proposal, to share vaccine technology.

The U.S. wants to abolish rulings, which block technologies from being duplicated, to increase the production of Covid-19 vaccines globally.

Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, believes this would be a "monumental moment" in the fight against the virus.

The Tánaiste has noted the government is deeply alarmed at proposals for amnesties for killings committed during the Troubles.

Leo Varadkar has said the government here would not support such a move:

White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, notes it will require agreement from other nations, to adjust the rules on intellectual property.

Here at home, the Irish pharmaceutical industry is opposing plans to waive intellectual property rights for vaccines.

Director of Communications & Advocacy, for the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, Bernard Mallee, believes waiving the patent will impact progress of other medicines.

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