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Hope Biden asks Pfizer to allow India to develop its vaccines, says Ro Khanna

Hope Biden asks Pfizer to allow India to develop its vaccines, says Ro Khanna

Major pharma companies like Pfizer and Moderna and organisations like the US Chambers of Commerce are opposing such a move.

With millions of lives at stake amid a rapid spread of COVID-19, Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna said he hoped President Joe Biden would call the Pfizer CEO to let India produce its vaccine at least for six months or a year.

Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley in the US House of Representatives, has been an ardent supporter of the move by India and South Africa at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Allow India to develop that vaccine, and this is good in your own long-term interests. It’s good for the United States and our interests with the role with India and the rest of the world,” Khanna told the media.

Major pharma companies like Pfizer and Moderna and organisations like the US Chambers of Commerce are opposing such a move.

A day earlier, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai spoke with the CEOs of Pfizer and AstraZeneca regarding the TRIPS waiver, which is slated to come up before the WTO on May 5.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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