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WHO calls for fair access to vaccine through patent limits

US declines to join effort as drugmakers eye big payouts

The WHO wants to limit patents on the eventual COVID-19 vaccine to ensure access for everyone.    © Reuters

GENEVA -- As the race for a COVID-19 vaccine heats up, the World Health Organization is looking to limit the drug patents of the eventual developer to give all countries equal access -- an idea that does not sit well with the U.S., whose drugmakers are betting big on a potential cash cow.

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