Amid growing concern over access to Covid-19 medical products, the organization that represents dozens of African nations urged its members to work with the World Health Organization to obtain a vaccine, but also not let pharmaceutical patents remain an obstacle.

In a communiqué, the Africa Union called for an “equitable and timely distribution” of a Covid-19 vaccine by partnering with the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access, or Covax, program that was started by the WHO as part of its Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, or ACT. The collaboration to develop Covid-19 products involves the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

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