The French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the US to drop its restrictions on the export of Covid-19 vaccines and ingredients.
His words came as a divide emerged between parts of Europe and the US over how best to increase global vaccine production.
Currently, around 1.25 billion doses have been administered around the world.
However, according to news from agency states that, less than 1% has been given to the world’s 29 poorest countries.
Rich countries are speeding up their vaccination campaigns with the UK standing at 67% of the population having received their first dose and in the US 56% of those eligible have had one jab.
Last week, the European Union agreed to purchase 900 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
South Africa and India argue that surrendering patents would mean the secret vaccine recipes would be released and other countries could start producing the life-saving jabs.
India is currently in the grip of a devastating second wave, which yesterday alone left more than 4,000 people dead.