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Amid Wait For COVID-19 Vaccines, LMICs Push For WTO To Temporarily Waive Intellectual Property Protections For Vaccines, Treatments, Diagnostics

Devex: At WTO, a battle for access to COVID-19 vaccines “High-income countries appear to be maneuvering to avoid a showdown at the World Trade Organization’s General Council meeting, beginning Wednesday, over a proposal to temporarily waive intellectual property protections for all COVID-19 vaccines and other technologies. With the United Kingdom,…

WHO Investigating New Coronavirus Variant Detected In U.K.

Financial Times: U.K. warns of threat from new Covid-19 variant “A new variant of coronavirus has been identified in the U.K. that could be contributing to a rapid rise in infections in some parts of the country. Researchers were urgently investigating whether the new strain was more transmissible than previous…

Canada Allocates CAD 65M To Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Efforts In LMICs

The Global Fund: Canada Contributes CAD 65 million to Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response “The Global Fund applauds the government of Canada for allocating CAD 65 million to the Global Fund’s efforts to support low- and middle-income countries to fight COVID-19, including procuring and deploying millions of COVID-19 rapid diagnostics tests…

More COVID-19 & Global Health News

AP: Families marry off daughters to ease finances amid COVID-19 (Larson, 12/14). AP: Eswatini leader dies of virus amid new wave in South Africa (Magome, 12/14). AP: Italy surpasses U.K. for worst COVID-19 death toll in Europe (D’Emilio, 12/13). AP: COVID-19 runs unchecked in Pakistan’s overcrowded prisons (Gannon, 12/13). AP:…

Media Outlets Report On State Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Vaccine Access In Africa

Bloomberg: Nigeria Plans to Approve Covid-19 Vaccine Early Next Year “Nigeria expects to license by April one of the vaccines under development globally for Covid-19, the West African nation’s drugs regulator said. … Africa’s most-populous country also expects to benefit from the World Health Organization-backed Covax initiative, which is working…

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