Coronapod: How African scientists are copying Moderna’s COVID vaccine


Coronapod: How African scientists are copying Moderna’s COVID vaccine

Noah Baker and Amy Maxmen discuss a daring attempt to copy Moderna’s COVID vaccine

Vaccine inequity continues to be one of the greatest challenges in the pandemic – with only 10% of those in low- and middle-income countries fully vaccinated. One of the biggest hold-ups is a lack of vaccine manufacturing capacity in poorer nations. But now, researchers at the WHO technology-transfer hub have completed the first step in a project aimed at building vaccine manufacturing capacity in the Global South, by successfully replicating Moderna’s COVID vaccine without assistance from the US-based biotech company. In this episode of Coronapod, we ask how they did it? What happens next? What the legal ramifications might be and what this could mean for the future of vaccine manufacture in low- and middle-income countries? Both during the pandemic and beyond.

News: South African scientists copy Moderna’s COVID vaccine

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Editorial: Africa is bringing vaccine manufacturing home

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