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Any Novel Coronavirus Vaccine Must Be Patent-Free, Made Available At No Cost, Current, Former Leaders Say In Open Letter; WHA Draft Resolution Includes Language On Voluntary Intellectual Property Pool, Compulsory Licenses For COVID-19 Medicines

Financial Times: ‘People’s vaccine’ for coronavirus must be free, leaders urge “Any vaccine against Covid-19 should be patent-free, produced at scale, and made available at no cost to people everywhere, three African leaders and more than 140 public figures, including 50 former world leaders, have urged in an open letter.…

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Devex: Data around COVID-19 is a mess and here’s why that matters (Cornish et al., 5/11). Devex: How aid implementers can avoid a post-coronavirus accounting fiasco (Igoe, 5/11). New York Times: How Pandemics End (Kolata, 5/10). Science: Lethal levels of heat and humidity are gripping global ‘hot spots’ sooner than…

In STAT Interview, Unitaid Interim Executive Director Discusses Organization’s Efforts To Address COVID-19 Pandemic, Importance Of Access To Medical Products

STAT: Poor countries must not be forgotten in the Covid-19 battle, Unitaid director warns “Founded more than a dozen years ago, Unitaid has received more than $3 billion in donations for its work to research and identify solutions to such tenacious diseases as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. … Unitaid recently…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

The Atlantic: Authoritarian Populists Have Six Classic Moves. Trump’s Response to COVID-19 Uses Five of Them. Kristy Parker, counsel at Protect Democracy, and Yascha Mounk, contributing writer at The Atlantic, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, senior adviser at Protect Democracy, and author…

Pharma Companies Pressed To Give Up Patents On Potential COVID-19 Treatments; Gates Foundation, Wellcome To Fund Drug Trials; U.S. Signs Deal With Companies To Produce Potential Vaccines

AFP/France 24: NGOs press drug firm Gilead over potential virus treatment (3/30). Financial Times: Big drugmakers under pressure to share patents against coronavirus (Mancini, 3/31). Financial Times: Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to fund Covid-19 drug trials (Kuchler, 3/30). Reuters: J&J, Moderna sign deals with U.S. to produce possible coronavirus…

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The BMJ: Children’s health and wellbeing must be prioritized by governments, experts urge (Mahase, 2/20). Devex: What is ‘mutual prosperity’ and what does it mean for U.K. aid? (Worley, 2/21). The Lancet: Locust swarms in east Africa could be ‘a catastrophe’ (Devi, 2/22). Reuters: Time running out to end Venezuela’s…