MSF Attacks Vaccines Collaboration Over ‘Toothless’ New Equitable Access Policy
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovationhas come under attack from Médecins sans Frontières over its revised equitable vaccines access policy, which the NGO claims has been watered down at the behest of the pharmaceutical industry.
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