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The US government’s decision to support a temporary waiver on intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines is a step in the right direction but will not be enough to curb the health crisis, an international civil society group warned at the weekend.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a medical humanitarian organisation, said the temporary waiver referred to preventive Covid-19 vaccines only, yet developing countries including SA and India have been calling for the exclusion to cover a host of medical tools needed to tackle Covid-19, including diagnostics [such as laboratory test kits] and treatments...

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