US wants to be global leader in ensuring vaccine access, its SA representative says

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The second phase of South Africa's vaccination drive will begin in late May. (Photo by Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images via Getty Images)
The second phase of South Africa's vaccination drive will begin in late May. (Photo by Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

The United States will ramp up efforts to produce and distribute vaccines, following its announcement that it will support a temporary and targeted waiver of intellectual property protections that apply to Covid-19 vaccines, according to US charge d'affaires in Pretoria, Todd Haskell.

"With this proposal we are a global leader, and we are committed to leading a global response in the Covid-19 pandemic, and this is part of that effort as well," he told News24.

"There's more [good] news to come on this, but we're not ready to talk about it," he added.

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