EU willing to discuss COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver: EU’s von der Leyen

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen takes off her mask as she meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (not pictured) on May 5, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. REUTERS / Yves Herman / Pool

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union stands ready to discuss a now US-backed proposal to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday .

“The EU is also ready to discuss proposals that will address the crisis effectively and pragmatically,” she said in a speech to the European University Institute in Florence.

“So we stand ready to discuss how the US proposal to remove intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines could help achieve this goal.”

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