Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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2 Mar 2021
2:25 pm

Covid-19 vaccine patents need protection, with compromises for developing world

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

A local researcher and campaigner has defended companies opposed to the proposal that intellectual property rights related to Covid-19 vaccines and treatments be suspended.

Picture: TANG CHHIN Sothy/AFP

The handling of the global HIV pandemic provides lessons on how Covid-19 innovation needs intellectual property protection, says one of the key researchers of both diseases in South Africa. Ndlovu Care Group CEO Hugo Tempelman has defended companies opposed to the proposal by South Africa and India last year for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend intellectual property (IP) rights related to Covid-19 research and products. Also Read: EFF accuses government of misleading citizens on J&J vaccine trial This proposal was made to ensure equitable access to and affordability of Covid-19 vaccines ,medicines and other innovations to control the pandemic....

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