The world is far from having the number of COVID-19 vaccines needed to vaccinate every single person. Now, over 100 nations are pressing for a temporary patent waiver at the World Trade Organization to help speed up production. Some have suggested pharmaceutical companies are prioritizing profits over lives. Supporters of the waiver demand that know-how and technology be shared more widely – because the pandemic, they say, is an extraordinary, emergency situation. But a string of wealthy countries are opposing the waiver. And some say even if one was put in place, it would not increase vaccine production.
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