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Give us this day the tools: SA and India lead Covid-19 patent fight

The countries want intellectual rights suspended, but wealthy states and the pharmaceutical industry disagree

Senior science reporter

“Vaccine nationalism” has fast become a catchphrase of the year of the pandemic, with several countries expressing fears that leaders will prioritise their own nations at the expense of the rest of the world.

SA and India are now trying to stave this off by suggesting a patent ban so access to vaccines and treatment for Covid-19 is fair.

A paper published in The Lancet says the two countries have “called for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend intellectual rights related to Covid-19 to ensure that not only the wealthiest countries will be able to access and afford vaccines, medicines and other new technologies needed to control the pandemic”...

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