Reporting by Politico today suggests that the Canadian Government appears sympathetic to pharmaceutical industry objections to the TRIPS Waiver – a measure proposed at at the World Trade Organization to temporarily waive certain intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has time and again witnessed how monopoly rights […]
By Adam Houston, Medical Policy and Advocacy Officer for MSF Canada.
By: Adam Houston, Medical Policy and Advocacy Officer in MSF Canada
The Government of Canada announced today that it will donate 17.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to lower-income countries. This is an overdue but welcome step, said MSF. […]
Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine donation announcement at this weekend’s G7 Summit falls far short of Canada’s, and the world’s, commitment to ensuring equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said.
As Canada looks to expand its biomanufacturing capacity for vaccines and other health technologies, it’s essential we look not only at how best to meet domestic Canadian needs, but how to ensure this capacity will also help us respond to global unmet needs for COVID-19 and other vaccines.