The United States called for waiver of COVID 19 vaccine intellectual property restrictions To Africa
As HIV-AIDS was killing many people in Africa, this is the latest update on intellectual property restrictions preventing Africa countries and elsewhere in the world from producing Covid vaccines or cure for HIV-AIDS
Just in Africa: before the outbreak of Covid, many predicted including the WHO and many others that death related to Covid will be a massacre in this part of the world
How God came or nature did it for Africa, that over a year plus into the pandemic global crisis, Africa as a continent has recorded the lowest cases and recorded death from Covid
But before the Covid, Africans has been dying from HIV-AIDS complications, death roll in this part of the world was high, very high in the 1990s, 2000s and still ravaging the continent to date. with Africa’s population in 2020 reaching over 1.3 billion.
In Africa, there were antiretroviral drugs available elsewhere in the world in the late 1990s and early 2000s
But it would take 10 years to get to Africa and 12 million deaths for the drugs to arrive in Africa. This was mainly because drug manufacturing companies refused to waive their intellectual property rights to allow worldwide production of those drugs.
On Wednesday a reporter engaged the Joe Biden administration live from Washington DC. The reporter’s question came out in support of easing patent rules and waving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, potentially expanding the global supply and combatting vaccine distribution inequality between rich and developing nations.
Right now as AfriNOTES writes to you, there have been only 37 million vaccine doses sent to Africa under COVAX and about 20 million administered into African arms.
This is less than 1 percent of the continent’s 1.3 billion people. At a press briefing that concluded minutes ago in Addis Ababa, that a question was put to the Africa CDC Director Dr. John Nkengasong to react to the news from the Joe Biden administration, and also explain the other challenges ahead. which he did and got a nice answer from the Joe Biden administration
He was ecstatic, overwhelmingly happy. He thanked the Joe Biden administration and said when the COVID-19 story is written, the President and his administration will be on the right side of history.
Despite the political opposition in that part of the world, the United States, and from some other countries such as the UK, once those protections are lifted
About six African countries that produce vaccines will be ready to produce them and possible some Africa traditional medicine who claim to have the cure for HIV-AIDS and also to COVID will be allowed to come up with their intellectual property to finding a final solution not only to COVID but also to HIV-AIDS, cancer-related diseases, and others
Africa in other words
Will, however, need more support to produce them, distribute them and get them into arms at the beginning of next year. It will not happen overnight. as long as Africa nationals are ready to work, it will be just a matter of time and this will be achieved
But the decision by the Joe Biden administration to waive the IP on COVID-19 vaccines is monumental. As seen on that very meeting, when a journalist asks the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom, who was appointed on 1 July 2017 from Africa Ethiopia
He was asked to call President Joe Biden and urge him to waive the IP on vaccines. though we do not know if he did and AfriNOTES do not claim it was the question asked at that very meeting that led to yesterday’s action. Because as of yesterday
The United States called for waiver of COVID 19 vaccine intellectual property restrictions, this means that Africa countries can now produce vaccines and COVID 19 vaccines can now be reproduced in various Africa countries
This shows how urgent the need for America to act was. And the President took the right step. the abilities for leaders to always listen and act fast are often critical of people in power, and for good reasons, but when the right steps are taken, and the world aggress to love, come together 90% of the global crisis facing the world will surely come to an end, including finding a cure for HIV-AID and Cancer as promised by President Joe Biden
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