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Biden Trade Chief Meets Drugmakers, WTO Vaccine-Waiver Advocates

  • USTR Tai met with unions, civil-society groups on Tuesday
  • India, South Africa propose patent waiver to speed production
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President Joe Biden’s trade chief met with drugmakers and with groups seeking a waiver for sections of the World Trade Organization’s intellectual-property rules to improve vaccine access for poorer nations.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai held three separate meetings on Tuesday, according to statements from USTR. One was with civil-society organizations including Public Citizen and Human Rights Watch, and another with labor groups such as the United Steelworkers and American Federation of Teachers. Later, she met with business leaders in PhRMA, the biopharma industry’s lobbying group, and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, another industry trade group.