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COVID vaccines

India COVID crisis raises pressure on US to waive vaccine patents

Emerging countries push for a WTO-rule exemption amid surging infections

A coronavirus patient receives treatment at a hospital in New Delhi: India's flood of new infections has caused a severe shortage of oxygen for medical use.   © Reuters

VIENNA/WASHINGTON -- Facing pressure amid renewed surges in coronavirus cases in India and other emerging countries, the U.S. has begun considering loosening vaccine patent protections to increase global access to the shots.

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