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Former WHO Official Marie-Paule Kieny To Chair Medicines Patent Pool

Intellectual Property Watch: Medicines Patent Pool Nets WHO’s Kieny As New Chair “Marie-Paule Kieny, fresh out of the World Health Organization, where she held the position of assistant director general for Health Systems and Innovation, will be the new chair of the Medicines Patent Pool, as of 1 September. ……

China’s Efforts To Develop Anti-Ebola Drugs Illustrate Opportunities, Challenges In R&D, Ensuring Global Health Security

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound”: A Tale of Two Anti-Ebola Drugs Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses China’s experience developing experimental anti-Ebola drugs, writing, “[T]he story of China’s efforts to develop anti-Ebola drugs is illustrative of the opportunities and challenges we…

President Trump Should Demand Fair Prices For Zika Vaccine From Sanofi

New York Times: Bernie Sanders: Trump Should Avoid a Bad Zika Deal Bernie Sanders, independent senator from Vermont “…[The Trump] administration, through the Army, is on the brink of making a bad deal, giving a French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, the exclusive license to patents and thus a monopoly to sell…

WTO Agreement Allowing Developing Countries To Import Generic Medicines Takes Effect

Reuters: WTO deal on importing generic medicines comes into force “A World Trade Organization agreement allowing poor countries to import generic medicines came into force on Monday, WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo told Reuters, after the deal reached the required two-thirds support of WTO members…” (Miles, 1/23).

UNITAID Adopts Resolution Promoting Use Of Intellectual Property Rights To Increase Access To Medicines

Intellectual Property Watch: UNITAID Board Adopts Resolution On IP Flexibilities Under Trade Rules Catherine Saez, senior writer at Intellectual Property Watch, discusses UNITAID’s adoption of “a resolution on the use of the intellectual property flexibilities enshrined in the global trading system allowing developing countries to facilitate access to affordable medicines.…

Global Development Community Must Continue ‘To Stand Up For The Priorities And Values We Believe In’

Devex: Opinion: Seeing past the shock of the Trump victory Raj Kumar, founding president and editor-in-chief of Devex “…[P]resident-elect Trump could offer some new, more comprehensive vision on global development beyond infrequent expressions of skepticism of foreign aid in campaign speeches. But more likely is that existing conservative policy prescriptions…

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