In response to Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s and Novovax release of Phase 3 Trial results of their respective COVID-19 vaccines, Niko Lusiani, Senior Advisor with Oxfam America, said:
“Today marks yet another hopeful achievement in the fight against the coronavirus. The speed that the virus is mutating is only reinforcing the need for mass-produced vaccines available to everyone, everywhere, as soon as possible.
“As a single-dose, lower-cost vaccine, with corporate commitments to ensure access to all countries, rich and poor alike, the JNJ vaccine candidate could provide just the boost the world needs to save lives and prevent people from falling even deeper into poverty and despair.
“But no one company alone can produce enough vaccines to bend the curve completely. That’s why every COVID-19 vaccine must be a People’s Vaccine: patent-free, mass produced, distributed fairly based on need, and made available free of charge, to everyone, everywhere.”
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