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LDCs support India, South Africa’s request to waive COVID vaccine-related IPR

The LDCs are a group of countries that have been classified by the UN as the "least developed" in terms of their low gross national income (GNI), their weak human assets, and their high degree of economic vulnerability

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The 46-member grouping of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) has said it supports a request made by India and South Africa to the WTO to temporarily suspend intellectual property rights for the COVID-19 vaccines to increase their access in these countries.

India told the UN General Assembly last month that vaccine inequity will defeat the collective global resolve to contain the coronavirus as the disparity in the accessibility of vaccines will affect the poorest nations the most.