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Pfizer-BioNTech To File With FDA For Emergency Authorization Of Coronavirus Vaccine; Oxford Vaccine Results Expected By Year’s End; Wealthy Nations Urged To Waive IP Rights On, Create Humanitarian Stockpile Of Vaccines

CNBC: Pfizer and BioNTech to request emergency authorization from FDA for Covid vaccine “Pfizer and BioNTech will apply Friday for an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for their coronavirus vaccine. If Pfizer’s application is approved, the vaccine will likely be limited and rolled out in phases,…

New Results Show 95% Efficacy For Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine, No Serious Side Effects; Developing Nations To Argue For Patent Suspensions Of Vaccines At WTO Meeting

New York Times: New Pfizer Results: Coronavirus Vaccine Is Safe and 95% Effective “The drug maker Pfizer said on Wednesday that its coronavirus vaccine was 95 percent effective and had no serious side effects — the first set of complete results from a late-stage vaccine trial as Covid-19 cases skyrocket…

Blog Posts, Release Address Topics Related To COVID-19, Including U.S. Response Amid Transition; Intellectual Property Rights; Gender Inequality In Wake Of Pandemic; Benefits Of Basic Income, UHC Policies

AVAC: Efficacy News from Second COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Underscores Need for Transparency and Cooperation between Outgoing and Incoming U.S. Administrations (11/16). Human Rights Watch: Waiving Intellectual Property Rules Key to Beating Covid-19 Aruna Kashyap, senior counsel for the Business and Human Rights Division at HRW, and Margaret Wurth, senior researcher…

U.K. Politicians, WTO Delegations From South Africa, India Call For Changes To IP Rules To Improve Equitable Access To COVID-19 Treatments, Vaccines

Devex: COVID-19 vaccine access: U.K. politicians call for IP waiver “Politicians in the United Kingdom are calling on the government to demand changes to intellectual property rules to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments around the world. … [T]o ensure equality of access for such treatments, [Wendy Chamberlain,…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Address Various Aspects Of COVID-19, Including COVID-19 Drug Patents; Race For Vaccine; Impact On Children, Adolescents

The Conversation: COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people Ronald Labonte, professor and distinguished research chair for Globalization and Health Equity at the University of Ottawa, and Mira Johri, professeure titulaire at École de santé publique at the Université de Montréal (11/5). The Conversation: As the malaria…

Blog Posts, Issue Briefs, Statements Address Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Including Impacts On Adolescent Girls, Young Women; Africa’s Economy; Humanitarian, Resilience Investing

Center for Global Development: Coping with COVID-19: The Pakistan Experience Ijaz Nabi, non-resident fellow with CGD (10/15). Friends of the Global Fight: The Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescent Girls and Young Women and Needed Responses (10/15). Johns Hopkins University’s “Hub”: Study identifies dire economic impact of COVID-19 in Africa Laura…

Media Outlets Examine COVID-19 Vaccine Diplomacy, Other Vaccine-Related News

AP: Trump official says vaccine expected starting in January (Mendoza/Linderman, 10/9). BBC News: BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19? (Gallagher, 10/11). CNN: China is doubling down in the global push for a coronavirus vaccine (Gan, 10/9). The Guardian: U.S. won’t rely on U.K. for Covid vaccine…

WHO DG Urges Nations To Join COVAX; Agency Releases Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Plan; Some Developing Countries Push To Limit Patent Protections On Successful Vaccines

ABC News: World Health Organization announces distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccine “…The World Health Organization and its appointed Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, or SAGE, have released a worldwide vaccine distribution plan — it pushes back on so-called vaccine nationalism, the idea that each country should prioritize its…

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