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Europe’s refusal to share Covid-19 vaccine technology threatens to overshadow a major gathering of European and African leaders this week, Politico tells us. Europe wants to use the two-day summit — which has been delayed by 16 months due to the pandemic — to advance relations on several fronts, but access to vaccines will be high on the agenda. African leaders are furious the continent received mere “crumbs” from wealthy countries, leaving their populations much less protected against the virus. But Europe shows no sign of moving on what is a central issue for many African leaders — loosening access to intellectual property on vaccines.

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