Primer

Mix of rivalry, synergy creates fairer global health outcomes

This is the fourth of 12 Straits Times primers on current affairs issues, as part of our outreach programme to engage younger audiences in schools.

People getting their Covid-19 vaccination jab at Hong Kah North Community Club in March 2021. PHOTO: ST FILE
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In the global race to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson found themselves up against a relatively unknown competitor.

At the time, biotechnology firm Moderna had never brought a drug to market. Its work had been kept under wraps for years, to the extent that Forbes once described it as "mysterious" and "shrouded in secrecy".

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