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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.
Novavax has entered into a partnership with the Serum Institute of India. The two companies have made a joint commitment to increase production capacity to over 2 billion doses annually
Novavax states in its 2020 annual report: “We have made it among our core values to ensure that those in economically disadvantaged countries have the opportunity to receive our vaccine in parallel with the rest of the world.”
Novavax has not published a human rights statement.
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.
Novavax has not made a commitment to C-TAP or the MPP.
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.
[Only applies to therapeutics]
Novavax has not committed to full technology transfer, nor to open or non-exclusive licensing agreements to other manufacturers. However, it does have multiple sublicensees in different geographical areas. (see C4)