A South African Company Addresses Vaccine Supply Inequity, Despite Canada’s Lack of Support

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COVID-19, Coronavirus, South Africa, Moderna, COVID-19 Vaccines, Public Health, Knowledge Sharing, Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine, Health Care Access, Vaccination Access, Supply Inequity, Canada, Global South


Since late 2020, the inequitable access across the globe to COVID-19 vaccines has been a glaring problem. But a remarkable achievement earlier this month offers hope that the supply of vaccines to developing countries will improve: Afrigen Biologics, a South African based company, produced its own version of Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. This was achieved with no support from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, the manufacturer of the other mRNA vaccine.

What many don’t realize is that two Canadian companies control a key component of the mRNA vaccines. Busy fighting over their lucrative patent rights, there is no sign they shared their technology with Afrigen either.