Updated 05/06/2021 10:14
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in favor of the idea of releasing patents for COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, a day after the United States launched the proposal to
speed up the production and distribution
"Of course, Russia would support such an idea," Putin said at a meeting devoted to the pandemic and broadcast on television, in which he asked the Russian government to
study this possibility
In addition to the US president, the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, was also in favor of discussing the issue.
In the last hours, the WHO also supported the initiative.
"I congratulate the United States on this historic decision to achieve equality in vaccines and prioritize the well-being of all at critical times," added WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement.
The initiative had been promoted by India and South Africa in the WTO and
endorsed by ten nations
, including Argentina, because it opens the door for countries to produce their own generic vaccines, without having to wait months or years for shipment dose.
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