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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden made the decision to back a proposed waiver for COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights, the White House said on Thursday, denying that Biden administration officials had been split on the issue.

“He made this decision,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One. “There was no split in this decision.”

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