EU calls on US to push exports to counter vaccine shortage

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The European Union is calling on the United States to start boosting its vaccine exports to contain the global COVID-19 crisis, and said that the U.S. backing of patent waivers would provide only a long-term solution at best. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that “We invite all those who engage in the debate of a waiver for (Intellectual Property) rights also to join us to commit to be willing to export a large share of what is being produced in that region.” And French President Emmanuel Macron said at an EU summit in Porto, Portugal: “You can give the intellectual property to laboratories that do not know how to produce it. They won’t produce it tomorrow.”