The United States has announced that it supports a move by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to temporarily lift patent protection for coronavirus vaccines, which might give lower income countries to better access to Covid-19 vaccines. Dr Sharifah Sekalala of Warwick Law School comments on the further challenges ahead.
“I am delighted that many cathedrals and churches will be back open for Easter Sunday. But this will not be business back as usual for a long, long time." The Revd Canon Professor Leslie J Francis, Professor of Religions and Psychology at the University of Warwick, comments on the challenges facing the church as revealed by the Coronavirus, Church and You study.
"The move of G7 countries to donate surplus vaccines is a welcome one but it doesn’t go far enough - it is imperative that G7 countries step up their human rights obligations and join the COVAX scheme if we are to defeat this global pandemic." Global health ethics expert Dr Sharifah Sekalala comments on the Prime Minister's plan.
Professor Lawrence Young of Warwick Medical School comments as the number of Covid-19 deaths within 28 days of a positive test passes 100,000.
"COVID-19 presents a unique challenge not seen outside of specific epidemics such as smallpox. Like with smallpox, the vaccine needs to reach everyone, and as quickly as possible", says Dr Gareth Millward.