Dear Neil, [*see note below]
Many of our members may be interested in this opinion article in the UK's Guardian newspaper by Achal Prabhala (coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa) and Kate Elder (senior vaccines policy adviser at the Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign).
Quoting here the article's closing paragraph:
"Gavi can change the rules of the game and turn the Covid-19 vaccine into a global public good. It can ask far more of the pharmaceutical companies it is funding, and it can force the entire vaccine ecosystem to join a cooperative, collaborative and monopoly-free mechanism like the WHO’s Covid-19 Technology Access Pool. This would be the right move to make, and in doing so, Gavi could finally deliver on the promise it made to the world 20 years ago."
HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development (www.globalbiomedia.co.uk). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. www.hifa.org/people/steering-group
Email: naimareza AT hotmail.com
[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thanks Julie. May I ask HIFA members if you are aware of a discussion forum that looks at issues around development and access to vaccines, with whom HIFA could collaborate? Our LeaderNet directory of global health forums [https://leadernet.org/resource/communities-of-practice-for-global-health/] would welcome inclusionn of such a forum.]