“A passion to change the landscape and drive a renaissance”: The mRNA Hub at Afrigen as decolonial aspiration

Lauren Paremoer, Anne Pollock

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Abstract

In global conversations about COVID-19 vaccine access, Africa has overwhelmingly been characterized as a site of lack. However, the successful reverse engineering of the Moderna vaccine by Afrigen at the mRNA Hub in Cape Town marks a more hopeful path forward. This paper introduces the mRNA Hub and puts it into context of broader decolonial aspirations for African futures in the face of rich countries' disregard. Highlighting ways in which Afrigen's Managing Director's articulations of the endeavor resonate with historical and contemporary calls to dismantle the unequal global order, we argue that the mRNA Hub provides an example of the potential for decolonial solidarity in the post/pandemic period.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberhttps://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.1065993
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • vaccine inequality
  • mRNA Hub
  • decolonial science
  • intellectual property
  • dignity
  • solidarity
  • interdependence

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