EFEBuenos Aires

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called here Wednesday for Covid-19 vaccine patent protections to be waived so those life-saving jabs can be more quickly distributed to people in poorer countries.

"From a multilateral point of view, Argentina and Spain are calling for the lifting of patent protections for vaccines, for them to be considered a global public good and consequently for their distribution to be expedited," Sanchez said in a joint press conference with Fernandez during an official visit to Buenos Aires.

He also called for a global increase in Covid-19 vaccine production capacity with a view to inoculating populations everywhere and bringing the pandemic to an end.