Re: Biden says he plans to back WTO IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccines
Posted by Daniel H on May 5, 2021, 9:10 pm, in reply to "Re: Biden says he plans to back WTO IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccines"
"Is about time an understatement?" |
No, actually its an over statement
Shit, I just clicked on my own link to do a couple quotes and the headline and the article have changed WTF?
luckily I save a copy of links and the content to my hard drive so no matter what they do I have a copy of the original. Now, do I respond to the original as I intended to do or to the currently linked article?
I have an idea, I will copy paste the original here and work from that.
Biden says he plans to back WTO IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccines
"President Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind a proposed World Trade Organization waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, bowing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers and more than 100 other countries.
Biden, who had backed a waiver during the 2020 presidential campaign, voiced his support after a speech at the White House.
"Yes, I'm going to talk about that later today, yes," Biden told reporters in reply to a question about whether he intended to back the waiver.
Biden's chief trade negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, issued a statement shortly after Biden spoke, announcing the Biden administration's support for the proposed measure, which would temporarily waive certain IP rights to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ďThis is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures," Tai said in a statement.
"The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines."
Tai said the United States would participate in text-based negotiations at the WTO to ensure the waiver could happen, but cautioned those negotiations would take time.
WTO decisions require a consensus of all members.
The United States and several other countries had previously blocked negotiations at the WTO about the waiver proposal led by India and South Africa aimed at helping developing countries to produce COVID-19 vaccines using the IP of pharmaceutical companies.
The quote of the original I went to find was "Tai said the United States would participate in text-based negotiations at the WTO to ensure the waiver could happen, but cautioned those negotiations would take time."
Basically that says the expected outcome is bullshit, but its bullshit about bullshit. So the question is...is that progress or just bullshit? If I may venture a guess I would say bullshit about bullshit is double plus good bullshit.