Coronavirus | France's Macron endorses sharing of vaccine tech

Immediate priority for wealthier countries should be first donating more doses to poorer countries, the French President said.

May 06, 2021 05:05 pm | Updated 05:07 pm IST - Paris

Emmanuel Macron.

Emmanuel Macron.

French President Emmanuel Macron is joining the Biden administration in saying that he backs the sharing of the valuable technology behind COVID-19 vaccines. But Mr. Macron is also insisting that the immediate priority for wealthier countries should be first donating more doses to poorer countries.

Speaking during a visit on Thursday to a vaccine centre, the French leader said he "completely" supports opening up intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines.


Mr. Macron said that "evidently, we must turn this vaccine into a global public good." But he also argued that even if patents are waived, pharmaceutical companies in places like Africa aren't currently equipped to make COVID-19 vaccines and that donations of doses should be prioritised instead.

Mr. Macron claimed that the European Union is leading the way in vaccine donations and called for the United States and Britain to share more, too.

He said that "Europe is the most generous continent with the rest of the world," having exported 45 million doses, and expressed hope that “the British, the Americans and others will follow.” He added that, "in the short term, this is what will allow us to vaccinate.”

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