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Ramaphosa accuses Big Pharma of ‘selfish, unjust’ vaccine policy

Ramaphosa accuses Big Pharma of ‘selfish, unjust’ vaccine policy

TIM COCKS THE "selfish, unjust" refusal of pharmaceutical companies and allied Western governments to entertain emergency patent waivers on COVID-19 vaccines was endangering the entire world, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. In unusually impassioned remarks, Ramaphosa lambasted a resistance to calls by India and South Africa for temporary patent waivers to ramp up production. "It is selfish, it is unjust, it is wholly unfair," Ramaphosa, proponent of the waiver, told the opening virtual session of the Qatar Economic Forum, a day after South Africa registered 13,000 new cases in a third COVID-19 wave. "We are facing an emergency…
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