Julia Kosgei, Policy Advisor to campaign group the People’s Vaccine Alliance, said pharmaceutical companies had “exploited a global health crisis for their own gain”.
She added: “Governments must take strong action to ensure pharmaceutical companies transfer the technology needed for global south countries to make vaccines and treatments for themselves, including waiving intellectual property rules.”
An industry source said: “AstraZeneca has done more than any other vaccine manufacturer to make wide vaccine access a reality, and has shared the (intellectual property rights) with more than 20 partners.
“Over 2.9bn doses have been supplied globally and approximately two thirds of those doses have gone to developing countries.”
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