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India Appreciates Biden Administrator’s Decision to Support TRIPS Exemption for Covid-19 Vaccines | India News

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WASHINGTON: India has appreciated the Biden administration’s decision to support a proposal put forward by it and South Africa to temporarily waive some rules on trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPS) amid the coronavirus pandemic.
For the past few weeks, India’s ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, along with South African diplomats, had been meeting with US lawmakers and officials about the proposal.
“We appreciate today’s announcement by the US administration of its support for the exemption of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines,” Sandhu told PTI on Wednesday.
In making the announcement, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said this is a global health crisis and that the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures.
“The (Biden) administration strongly believes in intellectual property protections, but in the service of ending this pandemic, it supports the waiver of those protections for Covid-19 vaccines,” Tai said in a major policy announcement.
Most of the Democratic congressmen had written to President Joe Biden urging him to back the proposal to make vaccines accessible and affordable.
“We also thank the large number of US senators and congressmen who expressed their support. We will continue to work with all stakeholders in the US to collectively fight the global pandemic, including through the equitable distribution of affordable vaccines. for global public health at this critical juncture, ”Sandhu said in response to a question.
In recent months, the Indian Embassy had made an approach focused on the need for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines in the developing world.
The embassy methodically approached members of the House and Senate. This was reflected in the series of letters that US lawmakers wrote to President Biden in support.
In recent months, Sandhu has spoken on this issue with Senators Ed Markey and Raphael Warnock; Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Assistant Speaker; Congressman Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, president of the Progressive Caucus; Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congresswoman Ro Khanna.
A joint approach was also carried out with the South African Embassy in Washington DC and together, the two envoys had underlined the importance of the issue with Congresswoman Karen Bass, chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives on Africa and Global Health .

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