Jordan Clarkson (Utah Jazz) with a buzzer beater vs the Los Angeles Lakers, 04/19/2021
Jordan Clarkson (Utah Jazz) with a buzzer beater vs the Los Angeles Lakers, 04/19/2021
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday joined calls for more sharing of the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic, a shift that puts the U.S. alongside many in the developing world who want rich countries to do more to get doses to the needy. United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government's position, amid World Trade Organization talks about a possible temporary waiver of its protections that would allow more manufacturers to produce the life-saving vaccines. “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 in a statement. She cautioned that it would take time to reach the required global “consensus” to waive the protections under WTO rules, and U.S. officials said it would not have an immediate effect on the global supply of COVID-19 shots. Tai's announcement came hours after WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala spoke to a closed-door meeting of ambassadors from developing and developed countries that have been wrangling over the issue, but agree on the need for wider access to COVID-19 treatments. The WTO’s General Council took up the issue of a temporary waiver for intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines and other tools, which South Africa and India first proposed in October. The idea has gained support among some progressive lawmakers in the West. More than 100 countries have come out in support of the proposal, and a group of 110 members of Congress — all fellow Democrats of Biden — sent him a letter last month that called on him to support the waiver. Opponents — especially from industry — say a waiver would be no panacea. They insist that production of coronavirus vaccines is complex and can’t be ramped up by easing intellectual property. They also say lifting protections could hurt future innovation. Stephen Ubl, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said the U.S. decision “will sow confusion between public and private partners, further weaken already strained supply chains and foster the proliferation of counterfeit vaccines.” Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, chief executive of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization trade group, said in a statement that the decision will undermine incentives to develop vaccines and treatments for future pandemics. “Handing needy countries a recipe book without the ingredients, safeguards, and sizable workforce needed will not help people waiting for the vaccine," she said. Pfizer declined to comment on Biden’s announcement, as did Johnson & Johnson, which developed a one-dose vaccine meant to ease vaccination campaigns in poor and rural areas. Moderna and AstraZeneca didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The companies have made some efforts to provide vaccine doses to poor countries at prices well below what they’re charging wealthy nations. For instance, Johnson & Johnson agreed last week to provide up to 220 million doses of its vaccine to the African Union’s 55 member states, starting in this year’s third quarter, and agreed in December to provide up to 500 million vaccines through 2022 for low-income countries via Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. Shares of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — huge companies with many lucrative products — fell less than 1% on the news. But Moderna, whose vaccine is the company’s only product, fell 6.2% in late-afternoon trading before gaining back two-thirds of a per cent in after-hours trading. It remained unclear how some countries in Europe, which have influential pharmaceutical industries and had previously shared U.S. reservations about the waiver, would respond. WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said a panel on intellectual property at the trade body was expected to take up the waiver proposal again at a “tentative” meeting later this month, before a formal meeting June 8-9. That means any final deal could be weeks away at best. Authors of the proposal have been revising it in hopes of making it more palatable. Okonjo-Iweala, in remarks posted on the WTO website, said it was “incumbent on us to move quickly to put the revised text on the table, but also to begin and undertake text-based negotiations.” “I am firmly convinced that once we can sit down with an actual text in front of us, we shall find a pragmatic way forward” that is “acceptable to all sides,” she said. Co-sponsors of the idea were shuttling between different diplomatic missions to make their case, according to a Geneva trade official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. A deadlock persists, and opposing sides remain far apart, the official said. The argument, part of a long-running debate about intellectual property protections, centres on lifting patents, copyrights and protections for industrial design and confidential information to help expand the production and deployment of vaccines during supply shortages. The aim is to suspend the rules for several years, just long enough to beat down the pandemic. The issue has become more pressing with a surge in cases in India, the world’s second-most populous country and a key producer of vaccines — including one for COVID-19 that relies on technology from Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical maker AstraZeneca. Michael Yee, a Jefferies Group biotech analyst, wrote to investors that the key access issues for developing countries aren’t patents or price, but an inadequate supply of the materials needed and the know-how to produce the vaccines and keep quality high — which one of Johnson & Johnson’s contract manufacturers in the U.S. failed to do, ruining millions of doses. “Manufacturing supplies, raw materials, vials, stoppers, and other key materials are in limited supply for 2021,” and may still be next year and beyond, Yee wrote. That’s partly because it takes time to make all those components, and Moderna and Pfizer have commitments to buy them “from major suppliers in huge bulk over the foreseeable future.” He added that Pfizer previously sought authorization to sell its vaccine to India, which rejected its application and asked that additional studies be run. The U.S., European Union and many other countries have given that emergency authorization. Proponents, including WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, note that such waivers are part of the WTO toolbox and insist there’s no better time to use them than during the once-in-a-century pandemic that has taken 3.2 million lives, infected more than 437 million people and devastated economies, according to Johns Hopkins University. “This is a monumental moment in the fight against COVID-19," Tedros said in Wednesday statement. He said the U.S. commitment "to support the waiver of IP protections on vaccines is a powerful example of American leadership to address global health challenges.” __ Keaten reported from Geneva. AP Medical Writer Linda A. Johnson contributed from Fairless Hills, Pa. Jamey Keaten And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
Clemson defensive end Justin Foster, who missed the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and asthma, has changed his mind about leaving the Tigers and will rejoin the program. Foster, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior from Shelby, North Carolina, had decided to give up the college game because of lingering affects of contracting the coronavirus combined with his asthma. Foster called Clemson coach Dabo Swinney that he wanted to come back.
LONDON — Chelsea's decision to fire a club legend suddenly doesn't seem so callous after all. While Frank Lampard's name has hardly been forgotten by the Chelsea fans — there were chants outside Stamford Bridge before kickoff on Wednesday — new manager Thomas Tuchel is quickly creating his own legacy after leading the London club into the Champions League final against Manchester City. Chelsea even made record 13-time European Cup champion Real Madrid look ordinary as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount sealed a 2-0 victory that ousted Madrid 3-1 on aggregate. Perhaps the stragglers leaving the bars near Stamford Bridge could hear the roar Tuchel let out on the field inside the empty stadium long after his players had departed the field. It will certainly have been heard in the Chelsea boardroom by the directors whose decision to dismiss Lampard in January and hire Tuchel now seems vindicated. “I am very grateful and thankful to have this opportunity,” said Tuchel, who'd been dismissed by Paris Saint-Germain in December despite leading the French club to last year's Champions League final. “You can never be ahead of plan as a manager and as a player — it does not exist.” Just like when owner Roman Abramovich made mid-season managerial changes in the 2007-08 and 2011-12 seasons, Chelsea will end the campaign by contesting the biggest game in European football. And by the end of the month two Champions League trophies could be at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea the first club to reach the men's and women's finals in the same season. Even though the men's showpiece will be an all-English encounter on May 29, the Premier League rivals will have to fly four hours to play the UEFA showpiece in Istanbul, which is currently in a coronavirus lockdown. While City has never lifted the European Cup, Chelsea's only triumph came in 2012 when the 22-year-old Mount was in the youth system. “It’s going to be a stunning game," Mount said. Unlike last season's final — when Tuchel's PSG lost to Bayern Munich — fans are set to be allowed in. Chelsea supporters have yet to see Tuchel managing their team in the flesh due to England's ongoing coronavirus restrictions. But they can't deny the impact he has made. Chelsea was five points outside the four Champions League qualification places when he was hired, but heads into the final four games of the Premier League season in fourth place with a three-point cushion. There's a chance to pick up a trophy before the trip to Turkey, too, with an FA Cup final against Leicester on May 15 after beating City in the semifinals. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is left to focus on trying on wiping out Atletico Madrid's two-point lead in Spain to win La Liga, rather than adding to the three Champions League titles he won from 2016 to 2018. “I think we tried, but the truth is today Chelsea were superior and we have to congratulate them," Zidane said. “It was complicated throughout the match because they had many chances to score more goals and they deserved their victory.” After conceding a costly away goal last week, Madrid lacked the attacking nous or threat to turn this semifinal around as Chelsea kept an 18th clean sheet in 24 games under Tuchel. Karim Benzema was denied by the first in a series of fine saves by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy before Werner's opener but the visitors were sluggish, lacking a creative spark from Eden Hazard on an ineffective return to his former home. Even in a debut season of misfortune, not even Werner could miss in the 28th minute when presented with an unguarded net to head into from close range after Kai Havertz had lobbed former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and hit the crossbar. “I had to wait a long time for the ball coming down — it felt like hours," Werner said. The chants of “Timo” from the substitutes' bench reflected the delight from his teammates that the Germany forward had scored only his fourth goal in 35 games for Chelsea. For all the scrutiny faced, though, Werner has still managed 12 goals and 10 assists since last year costing Chelsea up to $68 million. For all Chelsea's threat, Madrid only needed to score once to force the second leg into extra time. When the second half opened with Havertz heading against the crossbar and having a low shot saved it looked like the misses could prove costly. “Keep on pushing guys,” Tuchel urged from the sideline. And so they did, helped by the arrival of Christian Pulisic from the bench as Werner's replacement to spark the second goal. The American headed to N’Golo Kante and received the ball back to feed Mount, who lifted a shot over Courtois in the 85th. “I have to go on and do my bit,” Pulisic sad, “be creative and try to finish the game off strong and luckily I was able to do that.” Not that Pulisic was satisfied waiting more than an hour to enter the game. “Very frustrated — I wanted to play from the beginning, as I always do," said the forward signed in 2019 from Borussia Dortmund. I’ve had to continue to prove myself over and over again. ... Nothing can stop me, really." ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched and successfully landed its futuristic Starship on Wednesday, finally nailing a test flight of the rocketship that Elon Musk intends to use to land astronauts on the moon and send people to Mars. The previous four tests flights ended in fiery explosions before, during or soon after touchdown at the southeastern tip of Texas, near Brownsville. This latest upgraded version of SpaceX's full-scale, stainless steel, bullet-shaped rocketship soared more than 6 miles (10 kilometres) over the Gulf of Mexico before flipping and descending horizontally, and then going vertical again just in time for touchdown. “Starbase Flight Control has confirmed, as you can see on the live video, we are down. The Starship has landed!” announced launch commentator John Insprucker. A fire at the base of the 160-foot (50-meter) rocket quickly was extinguished, and the rocket remained standing after the six-minute flight. Musk tweeted the landing was “nominal” — by the book, in other words. Success came on the 60th anniversary of the flight of first American in space, Alan Shepard. And it capped a stunning two weeks of achievements for SpaceX: the launch of four more astronauts to the space station for NASA, the nation's first nighttime crew splashdown since the Apollo moonshots, and a pair of launches for its mini internet satellites. Less than a month ago, NASA chose SpaceX's Starship to deliver astronauts to the lunar surface in the next few years. The $3 billion contract was halted last week, however, after the losing companies — Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Dynetics — protested the selection. Musk said last month that the NASA money will help development of Starship, which is meant to eventually launch atop a Super Heavy booster. He said it's been a “pretty expensive” project so far and mostly funded internally. The first high-altitude test was in December. “As you can tell, if you’ve been watching the videos, we’ve blown up a few of them. So excitement guaranteed, one way or another,” Musk told reporters after the private company's second crew flight on April 23. Long after Wednesday's touchdown, Starship was still standing tall. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press
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Intermap Technologies (TSX: IMP) (OTCQX: ITMSF) ("Intermap" or the "Company"), a global leader in geospatial intelligence solutions, today announced an interview with Proactive Investors to discuss the Company's business outlook.
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The 2021 Canadian Census is now in session. This week, New Brunswick households began receiving 2021 Canadian census notices, complete with online access codes. The online portal is now open to accept responses from every household. The questionnaire appears after an access code, unique to each person, is input as instructed, said Marc Melanson, area manager for the Atlantic provinces for the census. And while the census encourages everyone to complete it by May 11, this is not a hard deadline, Melanson said. If someone does not have access to the internet or does not wish to complete the census online, it can also be completed over the phone or by calling the phone number listed inside to have a paper copy mailed to you, he said. This year, there is a surprising amount of enthusiasm for those hoping to get the long-form census, Melanson said, something received by only 25 per cent of households. The only way to know if your household will be invited to complete the long-form census is to enter your access code or by calling to have someone help you complete it, he said. On Monday, New Brunswickers eager to do the census immediately by phone were already reporting waits on phone lines. Canadians were keen to complete the 2016 census with hashtags related to the census trending on Twitter during the first few days of that survey’s release. On Monday #2021Census was also trending, with many respondents including comments about how important they felt data collected will be, this year more than ever. The response rate to the 2016 census was 98.4 per cent, said StatCan spokesperson Peter Frayne. The 2016 census craze also resulted in a short-lived website crash due to too many Canadians wanting to fill out the census right away, a problem Lynn Barr-Telford, assistant chief statistician for Statistics Canada, told the Times & Transcript last summer should now be resolved thanks to extensive testing. “I think 2016 really showed how fundamentally important the census is to Canadians and I know we can rely on Canadians to participate,” she said. This year, for the first time, the census will include questions around a person’s sex at birth, as well as current gender, expanded questions around ethnic and cultural origin, expanded questions around the economic and work situations of Canadians and more, said Barr-Telford. More data about minority language rights is also being collected, something French language advocates in New Brunswick have said is long overdue. The census is confidential, said Melanson. The information is not shared with other government departments, he said, and responses will not be linked to your name and stored somewhere. Completing the census is mandatory and should be filled out so the data is accurate as of May 11, said Melanson. Information should reflect the household; a single address will not receive multiple codes for each individual. Those who do not fill in the census will be contacted by StatCan reminding them to do so and helping if necessary, Melanson said. First contact will be over the phone then, if necessary, StatCan employees wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and remaining outside dwellings will visit households to remind residents or help them fill out the census. Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal
Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX: WEF) ("Western" or the "Company") is pleased to confirm that a quarterly dividend of $0.01 per share will be paid with respect to the Company's second fiscal quarter of 2021 to shareholders of record as at the close of business on Friday, May 28, 2021 and payable on Friday, June 18, 2021.
SEATTLE — The clubhouse celebration that awaited John Means was more than 50 years in the making for the Baltimore Orioles and more like a playoff berth being clinched rather than a Wednesday in May. Only a wild pitch in the dirt kept the Orioles from celebration perfection. That's how dominant Means was in throwing the major leagues' third no-hitter of the season in Baltimore's 6-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. A franchise still in the midst of a rebuild and little to celebrate in recent seasons was happy to put the spotlight on its tall lefty who overmatched the Mariners with an array of unhittable fastballs, breaking pitches and a deadly changeup. No, it wasn't perfection. But it was about as close as it comes. “I never really thought I’d be here. I’d always write MLB player when I was a kid on the on the sheet when asked you when you what you wanted to do when you’re older, but I never thought it was a reality,” Means said. “And now that it is, and now I’m able to throw this, it’s crazy and I don’t even know how to describe it.” This wasn't a fluke performance — Means has been one of the best pitchers in the American League to start this season. This was domination. Means (4-0) struck out 12 and walked none. Seattle’s only baserunner was Sam Haggerty after he raced to first swinging on a curveball in the dirt for strike three with one outs in the third inning. The 1-2 bounced away from catcher Pedro Severino and ended up being the only blemish that separated Means from a perfect game. Haggerty wasn’t on base long, getting thrown out attempting to steal second. “I could care less that it wasn’t perfect game,” Means said following his first complete game in 44 career big league starts. Means pitched the first non-perfect no-hitter in which the opposing team did not reached on a walk, hit by pitch or error, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Means threw 79 strikes among 113 pitches, including first-pitch strikes to 26 of 27 batters. When Seattle did make contact against the 28-year-old left-hander, it was weak and there were no threats to fall in for a hit. Means lowered his ERA to 1.37 and became the first individual Orioles pitcher to toss a no-hitter since Jim Palmer against Oakland on Aug. 13, 1969. It was the 10th no-hitter in franchise history, including six as Baltimore after four as the St. Louis Browns. “It’s such a crazy feeling. It’s such a whirlwind of an experience. I don’t think I’ve been able to process it yet,” Means said. “But to be in the same breath as Palmer, I don’t think that it gets much better than that.” In a season in which batters are on track to hit a record-low .234, Means joined a no-hit club that includes gems by San Diego right-hander Joe Musgrove at Texas on April 9 and by Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón against Cleveland on April 14. In addition, Arizona left-hander Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta on April 25, but that is not recognized as an official no-hitter by Major League Baseball because the game did not go at least nine innings, shortened under pandemic rules in effect for a second straight season. It's the first time since 1969 there have been three complete game no-hitters this early in the season. “Really can’t put into words what the last three outs, seeing how the teammates embraced him,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “Our your clubhouse after the game it was like we clinched a playoff spot.” The closest Seattle came to a hit through six innings was J.P. Crawford's short fly ball in the sixth that centre fielder Cedric Mullins caught with a slide. Kyle Lewis provided a threat with a drive leading off the eighth that Austin Hays caught on the left-field warning track. Means got a popout from Dylan Moore, struck out Haggerty swinging and induced a soft liner from Crawford to end it, setting off a wild celebration with his teammates on the mound and a standing ovation from the crowd. “He was good. He was really good,” Seattle's Kyle Seager said. “He was in control. I don’t think we had hardly any balls that were close to being hits.” Baltimore’s previous no-hitter came on July 13, 1991, when Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson combined for a 2-0 victory at Oakland, Means had never pitched beyond seven innings in a big league start. “When I started the (ninth) I got a little bit of the Jell-O legs, just a little bit, started to kind of feel a little wobbly,” Means said. “But once I did get that first pitch I was able to lock in again.” D.J. Stewart and Ramón Urias had third-inning RBI singles against Yusei Kikuchi. Pat Valaika hit a solo homer off Kikuchi (1-2) in the sixth and Trey Mancini provided a three-run shot off Aaron Fletcher in the eighth, Mancini's sixth homer in a season that marked his return from colon cancer surgery. “To watch our guys celebrate that's a cool moment, because this is tough game,” Hyde said. “To watch one of your teammates, your brothers do something really special is pretty cool.” TRAINER’S ROOM Mariners: RHP Keynan Middleton was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a biceps strain but the initial belief is it will be a short stint on the IL. Middleton left his relief appearance in the ninth inning on Tuesday night after just four pitches. Manager Scott Servais said it appears not to be a significant injury and Middleton should be back after the 10 days. UP NEXT Orioles: Baltimore opens a four-game series at home against Boston on Friday. RHP Matt Harvey (3-1, 4.06) starts the opener. Mariners: Seattle starts a five-game trip on Friday at Texas but has not announced a starter. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tim Booth, The Associated Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The NFL is reminding teams following Ja'Wuan James' potentially season-ending Achilles injury that they're not obligated to pay salaries of players who get hurt away from team facilities. The memo sent to all 32 teams Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press was spurred by James' injury he sustained while working out at a private gym away from Broncos headquarters on Tuesday. The league encouraged teams to “remind players of the significant injury-related protection provided if they choose to work out at the club facility and the risks they undertake in choosing to train in non-NFL locations." Players are protected against lost wages if they sustain an injury at a team’s facility. They don’t have the same protection if they’re injured working out anywhere else. Players from 20 teams, including the Broncos, are boycotting voluntary off-season workouts at team facilities over COVID-19 concerns. The NFL said in the memo that several teams had raised the issue of compensation after James, the Broncos' starting right tackle, got hurt. The league said the Broncos are off the hook for James' $10 million salary for 2021, which would have been fully guaranteed had he gotten hurt while working out at the team's facilities. “Injuries sustained while a player is working out ‘on his own’ in a location other than an NFL facility are considered ‘Non-Football Injuries’ and are outside the scope of a typical skill, injury and cap guarantee,” the memo said. “Such injuries are also not covered by the protections found in paragraph 9 of the NFL Player Contract, meaning that clubs have no contractual obligation to provide salary continuation during the year in which the injury was sustained.” “By contrast,” the memo added, "injuries sustained by a player while working out at a club facility or as specifically authorized by his club are considered ‘Football-Related Injuries.’ Under our agreement with the NFL Players Association, players that sustain ‘Football Related Injuries’ are entitled to significant protections.” Those protections include salary payment, medical care, pension credit if the injury sidelines a player for three regular-season games and other benefits. James had been working out at team headquarters earlier this off-season before honouring the players' union wishes to stay away during voluntary off-season workouts. The Broncos did not draft a tackle last weekend after general manager George Paton explained James had been working out at team headquarters and “looks great and the expectation is he starts at right tackle and he plays well.” The Broncos could turn to swing tackle Calvin Anderson, who played in 16 games last year with two starts, and they signed undrafted Illinois State prospect Drew Himmelman. James has played just 63 snaps since signing a four-year, $51 million free agent contract in 2019 that made him the highest-paid right tackle in league history at the time. James was limited to parts of three games that year because of a knee injury and he opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press
A group of U.S. lawmakers is demanding that airlines refrain from outsourcing jobs if they want to be eligible for a third round of federal payroll aid, after learning that United Airlines has sought bids to outsource catering work at five airports. Around two dozen members of U.S. Congress made the request to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, according to letters released by Unite Here, the union representing more than 2,500 workers whose jobs are at risk under United's proposal. Chicago-based United has received $7.7 billion in two COVID-19 relief deals, known as payroll support programs (PSP), to help the airline industry weather the pandemic and protect jobs.
The Biden administration says it supports easing intellectual poperty protections amid the pandemic
Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) (Enbridge or the Company) held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders today. On a vote by ballot during the regular business proceedings at the meeting, shareholders approved the election of all 11 nominated directors proposed by management as listed in the Management Information Circular dated March 2, 2021. The detailed results of the vote for the election of directors are set out below.
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Reporter: "President Biden, are you going to back a waiver at the WTO? Are you going to back that? Is the U.S. government going to back that?""Yes - I'm going to talk about that later today, yes..." Bowing to pressure from fellow democrats and 100 other countries, President Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind a proposed World Trade Organization waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines. ...A potentially major shift in the pandemic fight which would boost the global vaccine supply but anger the powerful U.S. pharmaceutical industry. In a tweet, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called it "a monumental moment in the fight against #COVID19" and "a powerful example of [American] leadership to address global health challenges." Stocks for vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna, BioNtech and Novavax fell on the news. 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. But Biden had been facing calls to change course as the COVID crisis grows more dire in certain hot spots - especially in India. Biden's chief trade negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the proposed measure would temporarily waive certain patent rights to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is a global health crisis," Tai wrote, "and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures...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." Because WTO decisions require a consensus of all members, Tai cautioned negotiations would take time.