Coronavirus Notebook: EMA Hones In On COVID-19 Activities, Russia’s Sputnik V Launches In India
A new study shows that the immune response to Pfizer/BioNTech’s Comirnaty in elderly people is 3.5-fold greater when the second dose is given after 12 weeks rather than three. The WHO has OKd the emergency use of a Chinese vaccine.
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In a sign of growing support for more equitable vaccine distribution, many donors have pledged either money or doses to lower-income economies. The World Health Organization has granted emergency use listing to another Chinese vaccine, and Russia’s Sputnik V is to be produced in Bahrain for the MENA region.
The Medicines Patent Pool says it is ready to step in to assist with voluntary licensing and technology transfer around COVID-19 vaccines, following US support for an IP waiver.
IP experts share views on a range of critical issues around the proposed US-backed patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. Proprietary materials once public can’t be pulled back, one cautioned, while others indicated the waiver risk may be the stick that pushes companies to toe the tech transfer line.