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A patient advocacy group in South Africa has filed a lawsuit accusing the government of failing to disclose Covid-19 vaccine contracts amid concerns the country may have overpaid or agreed to terms that limit the ability to freely distribute the shots elsewhere, among other things.

In its suit, the Health Justice Initiative cited various media reports over the past year indicating that South African officials may have purchased vaccines at inflated prices, agreed to restrictions that prohibit exports, sales, or donations to other countries, indemnified manufacturers against injuries or negligence, and also agreed not to seek refunds for any down payments.

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