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Melanie Verwoerd | Why the vaccine patents should be released immediately

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Patents of the Covid-19 vaccine must be released to prevent millions of people in developing countries from dying, says the writer.
Patents of the Covid-19 vaccine must be released to prevent millions of people in developing countries from dying, says the writer.
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Companies producing Covid-19 vaccines and world leaders should take a courageous stand for the betterment of humanity and release the patents, so countries can manufacture it fast and affordably, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

In the early 2000s, a nun at Nazareth House in Cape Town showed me a plaque on the wall of the orphanage. The names of the little children who had died in their care were engraved on it. They were all orphans who had died from HIV-related causes.

The nun explained the deep despair they felt watching the babies suffer and how they tried to work out a way to give them a diluted version of adult anti-retroviral therapies in a desperate attempt to save the children's lives.

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