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New Zealand Offers Free Coronavirus Vaccines To Residents, Neighboring Pacific Island Nations

NPR: New Zealand Will Give Free Coronavirus Vaccines To Residents, Neighboring Nations “New Zealand has advance purchased two new coronavirus vaccines from pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Novavax, giving the small island country the ability to vaccinate its 5 million residents. Government officials also announced Thursday they will go a step…

Opinion Pieces Address Various Topics Related To COVID-19, Including R&D; Global Immunization Efforts, Access; Scientific Advancement; Lessons Learned

The Conversation: The top scientific breakthrough for 2020 was understanding SARS-CoV-2 and how it causes COVID-19 — and then developing multiple vaccines David Pride, associate director of microbiology at the University of California San Diego (12/17). The Guardian: Covid is a chance to build a world where everyone has access…

COVAX Initiative To Provide Equitable Access To Vaccines Risks Failure, According To Internal Documents Citing Lack Of Funding, Supply Risks, Complex Agreements

Reuters: EXCLUSIVE — WHO vaccine scheme risks failure, leaving poor countries no COVID shots until 2024 “The global scheme to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries faces a ‘very high’ risk of failure, potentially leaving nations home to billions of people with no access to vaccines until as late as…

Proposal At WTO To Waive Intellectual Property Rights To COVID-19 Technologies Not In World’s Best Interest, Paper Argues

Cato Institute: An Unnecessary Proposal: A WTO Waiver of Intellectual Property Rights for COVID-19 Vaccines James Bacchus, distinguished university professor of global affairs and director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, discusses a proposal…

Paul Farmer Awarded $1M Prize For Decades Of Work Strengthening Health Systems

New York Times: Paul Farmer Is Awarded the $1 Million Berggruen Prize “Paul Farmer, a medical anthropologist who has fought for stronger public health care infrastructure around the world, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Berggruen Prize. The $1 million prize, which is awarded annually to people who…

Opinion Pieces Address Various Topics Related To COVID-19 Vaccine, Including Role Of Pharmaceutical Industry, Access, Intellectual Property Protections

New York Times: Don’t Fall for Big Pharma’s Savior Act Stephen Buranyi, science journalist and visiting lecturer at the European Business School (12/17). Scientific American: How to Expand Access to COVID Vaccines without Compromising the Science Peter Doshi, associate professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland…

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