May 05,2021

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Wyden Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Negotiations

Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on USTR’s announcement it will begin negotiations on waiving COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property protections:

“Pitching in to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic globally is essential to protecting Americans' health and accelerating our economic recovery. More importantly it is simply the right thing to do. I support the administration's efforts to quickly identify and break down barriers to getting vaccines in arms as rapidly and safely as possible. I plan to work with USTR throughout this process to ensure they negotiate a waiver of vaccine IP protections that will get results and save lives around the world.”