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BioNTech To Supply 100M Coronavirus Vaccine Doses To Chinese Partner Fosun Pharma

Financial Times: BioNTech set to become first foreign jab to enter China market “BioNTech will supply 100m doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Chinese partner Fosun Pharma for use in mainland China next year in the country’s first publicly announced order of a foreign jab against the disease…” (Shepherd, 12/16).…

U.S., Canada Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations; Media Outlets Report On Other Vaccine-Related News From Australia, Brazil

The Guardian: Australia’s initial vaccine rollout unlikely to stop Covid transmission, study finds (Davey, 12/14). The Hill: U.S. begins COVID-19 vaccinations in moment of hope (Hellmann, 12/14). The Hill: Health official warns Brazil may not get mass vaccinations until March (Coleman, 12/14). New York Times: ‘Playing With Lives’: Brazil’s Covid…

More COVID-19 & Global Health News

AP: Ethiopia returns refugees who fled Tigray fighting, to alarm (Anna, 12/11). AP: India’s pandemic recovery plan could cost air quality goals (Ghosal, 12/11). Devex: U.S. election marks return to ‘climate responsibility,’ says Paris Agreement architect (Abrahams, 12/10). Devex: Q&A: Investing now in preparation for COVID-19’s successor (12/11). Forbes: A…

Australia Scraps Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate After Trial Participants Receive False Positive Results On Certain HIV Tests

Sydney Morning Herald: Australian COVID vaccine terminated due to HIV ‘false positives’ “A billion-dollar deal for the Morrison government to buy more than 50 million doses of the University of Queensland’s potential coronavirus vaccine has been abruptly terminated after several trial participants returned false positive HIV test results…” (Harris, 12/11).…

News Outlets Examine COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts In India, China, Russia

AP: AP Interview: India vaccine maker sees virus as wake-up call “The coronavirus pandemic is a ‘wake up call’ for governments to invest more in health care, says Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines. The Serum Institute has taken on a…

Africa, Latin America Likely Will Not Receive COVID-19 Vaccines Until Later 2021 Or After, Health Officials Warn; Canada Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine, U.S. Set To Decide; China Pushes Vaccine Diplomacy

AP: African health official blasts ‘terrible’ vaccine inequality ” ‘It will be extremely terrible to see’ rich countries receiving COVID-19 vaccines while African countries go without, especially as a new surge in cases begins on the continent of 1.3 billion people, Africa’s top public health official said Thursday. As the…

News Outlets Examine Inequities In Vaccine Distribution, Vaccine Diplomacy, Nationalism

CNN: Rich countries are hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and leaving the developing world behind, People’s Vaccine Alliance warns “Rich countries have bought enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to immunize their populations three times over, an international vaccine watchdog has said, but developing countries are being left behind in the global sprint to…

More COVID-19 & Global Health News

AP: Siberians fight the pandemic by giving weary doctors a lift (Alexeyeva, 12/8). AP: Merkel backs tougher virus curbs as German deaths hit record (Moulson et al., 12/9). Borgen Magazine: COVID-19 Showing the Importance of Agricultural Market Resiliency (Friborg, 12/6). Devex: The man behind Africa’s COVID-19 response (Jerving, 12/9). Devex:…

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