CIGB Vaccine - Product Scorecard

Company: Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB)

Type: Covid-19 Vaccine
Product (brand name): CIGB-66 (Abdala)
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Explore the results of PAF’s research into the behaviour of Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB). Each section is given an overall score; individual criteria are also scored (see icon following the criteria heading).

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Category A: Commitments and Accountability

The company should publicly commit to human rights in relation to product development and marketing, by adopting an official human rights policy statement recognising the right to the highest attainable standard of health. The company should endeavour to integrate human rights into its strategies, policies, programmes, projects, and activities.

The company should also have a publicly available global access plan for their Covid-19 product, based on human rights standards, with measurable targets and lines of accountability.

A1: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) publish a global access plan for its product?

CIGB has not mentioned a global access plan for its product, but Cuba’s biotech sector is public, and Cuba has adopted an open licensing, open patents approach for its vaccines, which will contribute to global access to Abdala.

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A2: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) commit to comply with human rights standards in relation to product development and marketing?

CIGB does not mention human rights on its website.

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Category C: International cooperation

The company should constructively engage with international initiatives for the equitable distribution of vaccines and therapeutics, such as the Covid-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) or the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), and the ACT Accelerator (COVAX). The company should also publicly commit to not enforcing the exclusive rights of Covid-19 related patents, and enter into non-exclusive, transparent licensing agreements for its Covid-19 products with other companies.

C1: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) commit to C-TAP or MPP?

CIGB does not commit to C-TAP or the MPP.

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C2: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) commit to not enforcing the exclusive rights of Covid-19 related patents?

The patent for Abdala has been shared with Venezuela, which shows willingness to not enforce patent exclusivity relating to Abdala. Moreover, Cuba’s commitment to ‘share its vaccines through open licensing’ implies non enforcement of the exclusive rights of patents.

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C3: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) supply to, or signs agreements with, the vaccines or therapeutics pillar of the ACT Accelerator?

In order to participate in COVAX, Covid-19 medical products must be approved by the WHO/FDA/EMA. Abdala has not yet received any of these approvals. Cuba in general has declined to participate in Covax.

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C4: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) agree to license its Covid-19 medical products to other companies?

CIGB has licensed Abdala to Venezuela.

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Category E: Equality, non-discrimination & equity

The company should engage in efforts to further equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines/therapeutics, by equitably distributing its supplies globally, devising fair pricing strategies, and making the active ingredient for its product available to other manufacturers. The company should also engage in full technology transfer to other manufacturers, including the necessary transfer of skills, legal components, knowledge and intellectual property. Where applicable, the company should agree to waive rights in regulatory test data, and refrain from enforcing TRIPS+ measures.

E1: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) make the active ingredient available on reasonable grounds? [Only for therapeutics]

[Only applies to therapeutics]

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E2: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) commit to full technology transfer to other manufacturers?

CIGB has signed a technology transfer agreement with Venezuela, which is due to start manufacturing the vaccine in April 2021. 

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E3: Does Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) commit to non-profit, ‘fair’, or differential pricing?

Vietnam paid 32.6 million US dollars for 5 million doses, which equates to approximately 6.50 US dollars per dose. Compared to other vaccines, this is relatively affordable for low- and middle-income countries. The vaccine is non-profit domestically, but not for other countries. It is likely that Cuba will apply differential pricing for low- and middle-income countries, but no official statement to this effect has been made yet.

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