An interview with Barrister Davidson Oturu
The COVID-19 pandemic is one major global health challenge that cannot be forgotten in a hurry.
When COVID-19 broke in 2019, not many could foresee the amount of disruption it will cause globally.
The pandemic exposed the vulnerability of the world’s health system, both the rich and the low income countries were almost brought to their knees.
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However, with the development of vaccines, comes another challenge for low income countries especially in Africa; that’s the challenge of equal access to the vaccines.
Even if the world should forget the lessons from COVID-19, Africa cannot afford to forget the bitter lesson of the consequences of overdependence on the west for her vaccines and other forms of medicines.
Africa must learn to be self sufficient, produce vaccines on its own soil to protect its people.
In this special interview with barrister Davidson Oturu, he shares his expert views on how patent waver or compulsory licensing can help countries mass produce vaccines and other forms of pharmaceuticals during emergencies such as COVID-19.