Global Covid-19 vaccine inequity bane of IP rights
Wednesday December 08 2021
A Medic administers a Covid-19 vaccine at the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council headquarters in Nairobi on March 31, 2021. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NMG
By KIBET KISORIO
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- With the pandemic, the urgency by developed countries in securing vaccines exposed global inequalities.
- The self-defeating situation was aptly described by the WHO director Tedros Ghebreyesus as not only a moral failure but an economic and human rights catastrophe.
Covid-19 has been a real disruption the world over.
The capacities of many healthcare systems, especially in developing countries, were stretched by the pandemic to the tipping point.
Luckily, upon considerable scientific efforts, some effective vaccines against the virus have finally been produced.
Whereas this restored hope, many countries, especially from the developing world, faced a herculean task in accessing…