Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

MAPGuide Commentaries

On this page you will find blog posts discussing issues, provisions and agreements found in the MAPGuide. This section will be regularly updated with new content.

Creating Successful Stewardship and Access Plans

Stewardship and access plans can play an important role in achieving equitable access to medical product innovations. Global health funders often include requirements for such plans in their access policies and/or through contractual obligations in product development agreements. However, it can be difficult to understand the key building blocks of an effective stewardship and access plan.

Liability and Indemnification Provisions in COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Agreements

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, national governments and pan-national organizations have sought to secure access to vaccine doses even before vaccines have received marketing authorization. In these unusual circumstances, the relative leverage between the vaccine supplier and the purchaser can be altered. One area where this is particularly evident is in liability and indemnification provisions.

The Global COVID-19 Contract Conundrum

While wealthier countries have vaccinated large portions of their populations and many have even started “booster” programs, low-income countries still don’t have enough doses to vaccinate their populations. As global attention focuses on addressing vaccine inequities, often overlooked is the fundamental role of the language in contracts in facilitating—or sometimes limiting—access to vaccines. Article published in Think Global Health.