Opinion

Australia must back the movement to waive vaccine patents

By Deborah Gleeson
May 15 2021 - 5:25am
A demonstration in Germany demanding the lifting of patent protections on products and technologies needed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture: Getty Images
A demonstration in Germany demanding the lifting of patent protections on products and technologies needed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture: Getty Images

Australia pre-purchased 25 million doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, bringing the total number of vaccine doses we've ordered from suppliers to 169.8 million. Meanwhile, COVAX, the global program for distributing COVID-19 vaccines equitably, has been crippled by supply shortfalls, and low-income countries are lagging badly behind in starting their vaccine rollouts.

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