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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 16, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ DNC...

High court: Congress erred in patent dispute board setup

Jun. 21, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Congress erred when it set up a board to oversee patent disputes by failing to make the judges properly accountable to the president. Five conservative justices agreed that Congress had erred, but both...

WTO to intensify talks on easing access to COVID-19 vaccines

Jun. 09, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — World Trade Organization member nations agreed Wednesday to intensify talks geared at improving access to COVID-19 products, as developing nations push for a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines and some wealthier...

WTO panel considers easing protections on COVID-19 vaccines

Jun. 08, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Envoys from World Trade Organization member nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to help developing countries fight the pandemic, an idea backed by the Biden administration but opposed in other...

Vaccine makers pledge 2.3B doses to less wealthy nations

May. 21, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A global health summit that underlined the growing disparity between rich and poor countries during the pandemic closed Friday with pledges by pharmaceutical companies to deliver more than 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to low- and middle-income countries this year. ...

Beyond vaccines, UNESCO wants more global science shared

May. 11, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — While the U.S. president is calling for suspending patents on COVID-19 vaccines, experts at UNESCO are quietly working on a more ambitious plan: a new global system for sharing scientific knowledge that would outlast the current pandemic. At a meeting that...

Vaccine maker BioNTech says no need to waive patents

May. 10, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech said Monday that there is no need to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines because manufacturers will be able to produce enough shots to supply the world over the coming year. Ugur Sahin, the chief...

EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no 'magic bullet'

May. 08, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — European Union leaders cranked up their criticism of the U.S. call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents Saturday, arguing the move would yield no short-term or intermediate improvement in vaccine supplies and could even have a negative impact. On...

Biden move to share vaccine designed to spread US influence

May. 08, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It won’t speed the manufacture of vaccines. It enraged the developers who delivered lifesaving doses in record time. But President Joe Biden’s decision to support waiving intellectual property rights for coronavirus shots had a broader purpose: to broadcast his...

Biden move to share vaccine designed to spread US influence

May. 07, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It won’t speed the manufacture of vaccines. It enraged the developers who delivered lifesaving doses in record time. But President Joe Biden’s decision to support waiving intellectual property rights for coronavirus shots had a broader purpose: to broadcast his...