UK Covid LIVE: EU ‘ready to discuss’ patent waiver for Covid vaccines as study shows jab impact in Israel

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European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the EU was “ready to discuss” a US proposal for waiving intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines.

US President Joe Biden supported the idea in what was called a “monumental moment” by the World Health Organisation.

It comes as a study, published in The Lancet, showed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have proved more than 95 per cent effective against infection, hospitalisation and death from Covid-19 in Israel.

The study’s authors said it showed the impact of vaccines on ending the pandemic, as opposed to lockdowns.