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Last week, Western nations blocked proposals from SA and India to waive typical intellectual property rules for Covid-19 shots, treatments and other measures until the world reaches herd immunity.

While we sympathise with the stance taken by wealthy nations such as the US, Switzerland and the UK, home to some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, SA and India deserve praise for bringing the debate about global equitable access to vaccines to the World Trade Organization (WTO)...

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