Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Top Stories

Editor's Pick

On vaccinating the globe, Blinken warns: ‘We have to speed this up’

PHILIPPINE STAR/MICHAEL VARCAS

NEW YORK — Vaccinating the globe against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) needs to be sped up to beat mutations of the virus, and the United States is looking at how it can do more to help, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday.

“If the entire world doesn’t do more, the world won’t be vaccinated until 2024. We can speed this up and get that done, I think, in much shorter time,” Mr. Blinken said in an interview with MSNBC during a visit to Ukraine.

The United States has pledged to start sharing up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine with other countries, and President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on Wednesday threw US support behind waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines.

“We’re looking at other things too, but the main thing is we have to speed this up,” Mr. Blinken said. “None of us are going to be fully safe until … we get as many people vaccinated as possible.”

Mr. Blinken described a patent waiver as “one possible means of increasing manufacture, and access to vaccines.” The US decision paved the way for what could be months of negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to hammer out a specific plan.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday that, if agreed by the WTO, the patent waiver would be an important move, “but we also need to work simultaneously on the scaling up of manufacturing … ensuring that everyone has access to all the basic elements that are needed to manufacture the vaccine.”

Mr. Dujarric said financial support was also needed to ensure that vaccines are produced “in as many places as possible and as close as possible to those who will be consuming them.”

The US waiver support comes amid a devastating outbreak in India, which accounted for 46% of the new COVID-19 cases recorded worldwide last week, and signs that the outbreak is spreading to Nepal, Sri Lanka and other neighbors.

“If it’s mutating with a new variant, it could come back here and bite us even after people have been vaccinated, so we have to get ahead of that and we have to get ahead of it around the world,” Mr. Blinken said. — Reuters

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Top News

Nikola, an electric truck startup, saw its stock price fly high as it went public and announced a deal with General Motors. A damning...

Stock

Stock Markets8 minutes ago (Jul 31, 2020 07:50PM ET) (C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and his...

Editor's Pick

TikTok is one of the most rapidly growing platform. People across all the spectrum of age, gender, communities are joining the platform to...

Top News

SEC probing Nikola Motors over short-seller claims of fraud – Business Insider Business Insider logoThe words “Business Insider”. 2020-09-14T23:20:04Z Massimo Pinca/Reuters The Securities and...

Disclaimer: SecretsOfRichDads.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively “The Company”) do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice.
The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 Secrets Of Richdads. All Rights Reserved.

    Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.

    Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us and our affiliates. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!