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05 October 2022

South Africa can and must demand better deals for drug clinical trials — lives depend on it

Clinical trials are a fundamental pillar of the research and development (R&D) process for any new drug or vaccine. South Africa’s involvement in several recent trials has been essential to international pharmaceutical companies’ global rollouts — but, argue Candice Sehoma and Lebohang Kobola, the government needs to stand firm and negotiate more shrewdly for access to these medicines.

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24 August 2022

Access (or not) to vaccines for monkeypox in Africa: a sense of déjà vu?

The current multi-country monkeypox outbreak, which started in Europe in early May 2022 and spread to more than 90 countries by August, has garnered worldwide attention and concern. Monkeypox is endemic to Africa, and the widespread transmission to so many non-endemic countries in such a short period of time has been unprecedented.