FAST FIVE: EU Urges US To Ramp Up COVID Vaccine Exports As Desperate Nations Turn To China

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While the EU and France have signaled their openness to discuss joining the US in backing a waiver, Germany's Angela Merkel has stood up to defend the status quo.

But for Pfizer to tap that market, mutant COVID-19 strains need to see at least some progress in keeping the global pandemic alive.

The Times of India pointed out that China has already shipped a quarter-of-a-billion doses of its coronavirus vaccines, which is more than all other nations combined.

French President Emmanuel Macron reprimanded the US and the UK on Friday for blocking the export of shots and the raw materials needed to make them.

“Today the Anglo-Saxons are blocking many of these ingredients and these vaccines,” Macron said.

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