01 December 2021, The Tablet

The right to Covid vaccines for all

Pharmaceutical copyright


The appearance of a new strain of Covid virus in South Africa, now spreading rapidly across the globe, is a dire warning that no country will be safe from this deadly disease until it has been eliminated everywhere. And it will not be eliminated everywhere until and unless effective vaccination is available everywhere. This is where morality and self-interest coincide. So what stands in the way of this obvious imperative? The answer is the determination to let nothing stand in the way of profit. The satisfaction of saving the human race from the pandemic is apparently not enough. Intellectual property rights – the technical expertise behind vaccine manufacture – have been given precedence.

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