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Numerous initiatives are under way to maximize equitable access to COVID-19 products around the world, but most have some drawbacks that need to be addressed if they are to meet their goals, according to the medicines access NGO, WEMOS.
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The medicines access organization, WEMOS, says that COVAX and “Team Europe” are welcome initiatives but they do not address the longer-term issues involved in making countries more self-sufficient in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing. The organization has set up a website to analyze the various initiatives under way to make vaccines available to less wealthy countries.
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