"Those negotiations will take time given the consensus-based nature of the institution and the complexity of the issues involved", she added.
Experts question the wisdom of devoting limited vaccine supplies to a low-risk group instead of sharing them with high-risk groups overseas. "It will also work to increase the raw materials needed to produce those vaccines".
"Over the coming month, more than one million vaccine doses will be delivered to our province, with more anticipated for June, giving the vast majority of eligible people access to a vaccine before Canada Day". They also argue the main impediments to the rapid expansion of vaccine production are logistical, including various export barriers that countries have imposed.
The Biden administration is supporting covid-19 vaccine patent waivers amid the ongoing global vaccination rollout and public calls for the U.S.to back the effort.
"The United States put more than $10 billion into the development of these vaccines, so they have a lot of clout, a lot of influence, they're a major global player and the fact that they're taking this position I hope means we're finally seeing some movement on this issue", she said on Wednesday.
"A waiver is the simple but the wrong answer to what is a complex problem", the Geneva-based International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations lobby group said, describing the U.S. move as "disappointing".
Small percentage of vaccinated people will get Covid-19
"That means that our age-based program will be accelerated and everybody will get their turn", Provincial Health Officer Dr. So far, 300 million doses of the shot had been made available in 165 countries, the drugmaker said.
The waiver had sparked broader consternation in Washington over the past few months, as progressives have pressed the Biden administration to support it. Ghebreyesus backs the initiative, saying that such waivers are within the powers of the WTO and that it is the ideal time to use them.
Biden had been under intense pressure to waive protections for vaccine manufacturers, especially amid criticism that rich nations were hoarding Covid-19 vaccines.
There has been concern among the pharmaceutical industry about the precedent this may set.
"Since we last reported, we have had 438 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,509 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 61 in the Island Health region, 106 in the Interior Health region, 60 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada". Ambassadors at the WTO's General Council have been debating the idea, first raised by India and South Africa in October.