Coronavirus: ‘People’s vaccine’ campaigners claim victory at WHO summit

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Corona Chronicles: 25 May – 29 May

By Patrick Smith

Posted on May 25, 2020 11:29

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Tedros dahanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, speaks at the opening of the 73rd Assembly on May 18, 2020 (@WHO)

The campaign for a vaccine against the coronavirus to be recognised as a global public good – patent-free, produced at scale and internationally available  – is making headway. 

Asian, African, and European states got near unanimous backing for a resolution calling for the pooling of patents and affordable access for any vaccine against the cororonavirus, after winning some critical  diplomatic and practical arguments in favour of global cooperation.