Coronavirus Notebook: EMA To Decide On Comirnaty In 12-15-Year-Olds, Cuba Presses On With Homegrown Vaccine Rollout
At global level, Médecins Sans Frontières has called for all countries to support a revised version of the IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, singling out the recalcitrant European Commission for special attention.
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The Cuban government has approved the country’s home grown COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children, while Mexico is poised to authorize another Cuban vaccine.
The pharmaceutical industry and Médecins Sans Frontières have both criticized the EU’s proposals for avoiding a waiver of intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, albeit for different reasons.
The European Commission is to present the World Health Organization with a set of proposals to tackle the barriers to the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. They include allowing the issue of compulsory licenses without consulting the rights holder, encouraging vaccine companies to expand production through licensing deals and contract manufacturing, and eliminating vaccine export restrictions.