‘What are the obligations of states and corporations to ensure access to a COVID-19 vaccine? - Foundation Office South Africa
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This seminar will seek to investigate the following questions at both the international and domestic law levels:
What are the legal obligations of individual states to provide vaccines to their own populations? In particular, what are the obligations of the South African government in terms of its own Constitution and international law?
What are the legal obligations of individual powerful states to assist other states to gain access to the vaccine?
What barriers does the current intellectual property system – both globally and in South Africa – place on vaccine access and how can this be remedied?
What are the obligations of pharmaceutical companies to ensure individuals can access COVID-19 vaccines?
What are the challenges to ensure these obligations are enforced?
What are the possibilities for enforcing these obligations?
Does the discussion of COVID-19 vaccine access provide an indication of what law reforms – both domestic and international – are necessary to realize the right to health for everyone?