Five of the world’s biggest emerging economies on Tuesday called for the development and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to be sped up, reiterating that measures such as waiving intellectual property (IP) rights over the shots could help poorer nations battle the pandemic.

The joint statement by the so-called BRICS group — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — followed an online summit chaired by India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

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