It's not too late to deal with vaccine inequity, says SA-born biotech billionaire Soon-Shiong

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Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong (Photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images/Getty Images via AFP)
Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong (Photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images/Getty Images via AFP)

Billionaire Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong believes while it is not too late to deal with Covid-19 vaccine inequity, it is also time to develop second-generation jabs that will offer better protection.

On Thursday, Soon-Shiong, founder of the multinational conglomerate NantWorks, said it was short-sighted for countries to hoard vaccines while most of the developing world could not access them.

"It is not too late to solve it (vaccine inequity). However, while the first-generation vaccines have been important, we still have to solve the issue of mutations. As you know, Africa, because of the immune suppressant population, is even more susceptible to mutations. It is now time to get second-generation vaccines to be developed very quickly. And if you can develop it from South Africa and Africa, you can then avoid the inequities and create self-sufficiency," the South African-born billionaire said.

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