Shot of Hope: Equal access a hurdle after race to coronavirus vaccine

Even if a vaccine is created and manufactured within the expected timeframe, it may not mean an end to Covid-induced misery for all. Equal access to the vaccine could be a major challenge, according to experts. Experience during the Swine Flu pandemic shows how.        When in 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Swine Flu influenza a pandemic, big pharmaceutical firms invested huge sums in research and developed a vaccine, which they then patented. The resultant monopoly over its formulation led to the highest bidders – developed nations such a.....

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