Drop Covid vaccine patent rules to save lives in world’s poorest countries, Britain and Germany told

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G7 summit hears move would slash the cost of jabs and accelerate the rollout of programmes across the developing world

Britain and Germany were last night under intense pressure to drop their resistance to proposals that would slash the cost of Covid-19 vaccines, following accusations that an agreement at the G7 summit to fund a billon doses will give the world’s poorest countries “crumbs from the table”.

Aid agencies said rules that protect drug patents from being illegally copied must be waived during the pandemic to accelerate the rollout of vaccines and save lives across the developing world.

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