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Break the Vaccine Monopolies Now (Winnie Byanyima, Project-Syndicate)

During the HIV/AIDS epidemic a generation ago, African countries were priced out of lifesaving drugs by pharmaceutical firms that prioritized profits over lives. If rich countries had learned the lessons of that historic injustice, the world might be celebrating the end of COVID-19, rather than bracing ourselves for another wave. Break the Vaccine Monopolies Now […]

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Africa must produce its own vaccines (Landry Signé, Brookings)

During the pandemic, wealthy countries led the way in rapidly developing and producing COVID-19 vaccines. The same countries then bought up and administered those vaccines to their own populations, and have even ordered boosters for already-vaccinated people. Meanwhile, many developing countries have not been able to deliver even one dose to most of their populations. […]

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Vaccines – How to Build Trust in Vaccines: Understanding the drivers of vaccine confidence (WEF)

Low vaccine confidence is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. While it has been a challenge since the first vaccines were invented, in the 21st century, the public discourse about vaccines has moved online bringing new challenges and opportunities. This paper explores online communication about vaccines in the last six months, offering […]

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How drones can help get vaccines to where they are needed most (WEF)

Ruma Bhargava, Project Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health, India, World Economic Forum, C4IR India Timothy Reuter, Head of Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum India’s Universal Immunization Program is one of the largest in the world, but vaccine logistics remain a challenge. The Medicine from the Sky Project will launch drone delivery pilots in […]

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(Pandemic/Vaccines) How COVID-19 vaccine efforts could help defeat other diseases (WEF)

John Letzing A proposed way of immunizing against malaria uses an RNA-based approach similar to COVID-19 vaccines. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/03/how-covid-19-vaccine-development-could-boost-efforts-to-defeat-other-diseases/

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(Pandemic/Vaccines) Reinforcing Rights Can Help Avert Failure on Covid-19 Vaccines (HRW)

Margaret Wurth, Aruna Kashyap The warnings about vaccine nationalism started early. https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/04/reinforcing-rights-can-help-avert-failure-covid-19-vaccines

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(WHO/Pandemic/Vaccines) WHO Chief Tells Rich Nations: ‘Don’t Undermine COVAX’ (VoA)

World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Monday said some of the world’s wealthiest nations are hampering efforts by his agency and its partners to get vaccines to world’s poorest nations. https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/who-chief-tells-rich-nations-dont-undermine-covax

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(Vaccines/Black Market) Covid-19 vaccines hit the black market (The Strategist)

Clive Williams As the global rollout of vaccines against Covid-19 gathers pace, there are already reports of a vibrant black market for the various vaccine candidates. A black market usually springs up fairly quickly when there’s a shortage of an item and people are prepared to pay substantial sums to obtain it. With Covid-19, there’s […]

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(Nigeria/Pandemic/Vaccines) Nigeria warns against fake COVID vaccines (Al Jazeera)

Nigerian authorities have warned against fake coronavirus vaccines in the country where 10 million real doses of the shots are expected to arrive in March. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/15/nigeria-warns-against-fake-vaccines-as-10-mn-doses-expected

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(Africa/Pandemic/Vaccines) COVID vaccines in Africa to be allocated by population

Millions of coronavirus vaccine doses secured by the African Union (AU) will be allocated according to countries’ populations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/15/african-union-vaccines-to-be-allocated-according-to-population

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(Pandemic/Vaccines/Russia/Brazil/BRICS) RDIF, Uniao Quimica plan to invite BRICS to create working group on vaccines (TASS)

Earlier, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Brazilian pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica have agreed to supply 10 mln doses of Sputnik V vaccine to Brazil https://tass.com/science/1244541

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WORLD/PANDEMIC/VACCINES – What Is the World Doing to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines? (Claire Felter, CFR)

Governments and researchers have been working with an extremely ambitious timetable to provide billions of people with immunity to the new coronavirus. Now, the first vaccines are being distributed, spurring hope that the pandemic’s end is in sight. https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/what-world-doing-distribute-covid-19-vaccines