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USAID Announces $1.2M For Feed The Future Partnerships To Address Economic Impact Of COVID-19

USAID: USAID Announces $1.2 Million in Feed the Future Funds to Private-Sector Partners to Combat the Economic Toll of COVID-19 “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) [Friday] announced $1.2 million for 10 small and medium-sized agribusinesses to address the economic fallout in emerging markets caused by COVID-19. Feed the…

Additional Countries Join COVAX Facility, Including Brazil, Chile, Israel, UAE

Reuters: Brazil to join COVAX vaccine facility, as Chile, Israel, UAE also sign up “Brazil, which has the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll, has decided to join the global COVID-19 vaccine partnership known as COVAX and will earmark 2.5 billion reais ($454 million) for securing vaccines through it, President Jair…

Asia-Pacific Region Hardest-Hit By COVID-19, Climate-Related Disasters; Crisis On Venezuela-Colombia Border; Iraqi Doctors Face Threats; Mexico Has 4th Highest Death Toll

AFRICA Health-e News: Gates foundation honors Africa CDC’s John Nkengasong for fight against Covid-19 pandemic (Mukwevho, 9/23). The Lancet Infectious Diseases: COVID-19 in Africa: half a year later (Makoni, October 2020). Washington Post: Economic fallout from coronavirus leads to surge in Tunisians leaving for Europe (Parker, 9/24). ASIA Al Jazeera:…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Importance Of, Ways To Strengthen Health Systems, Workforce

Devex: Opinion: 3 ways to support health care workers and strong health systems Manoj Gopalakrishna, CEO of CARE India, and Madhu Deshmukh, interim vice president of programs and senior director for health equity and rights at CARE USA (9/22). Devex: Opinion: Partnering for impact — how private sector partners help…

Public-Private Partnership Aims To Strengthen Malaria Response In Sierra Leone

PMI: Test, Treat, and Track: Strengthening Malaria Response Capabilities in Sierra Leone This post discusses a public-private partnership in Sierra Leone that aims to build capacity for testing, treating, and tracking malaria. The post notes the “public-private partnership in Sierra Leone was a collaboration between USAID’s Human Resources for Health…

News Outlets Report On SARS-CoV-2 Viral, Vaccine Research, Development

AP: Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence (Kirka/Cheng, 9/24). CBS News: When will a coronavirus vaccine really be ready? (McNamara, 9/23). CNN: Begin Covid-19 vaccine trials for children, pediatric specialists say (Maxouris/Waldrop, 9/22). Devex: Reaching the world’s most vulnerable poses biggest challenge for COVID-19 vaccine, experts say (Lieberman,…

News Outlets Cover Advances In, Questions Over Coronavirus Vaccine Research

AP: Late-stage study of first single-shot vaccine begins in U.S. (Johnson, 9/23). Financial Times: How close is a coronavirus vaccine? (Gross/Bott, 9/23). Financial Times: Scientists plead for clarity on AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine trial (Kuchler et al., 9/22). NPR: Why Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Need Large Numbers Of Volunteers (Palca, 9/22). Washington…

Novartis Raises $2.1B By Selling Bonds Aimed At Improving Access To Medicines In LMICs

STAT: Novartis sells bonds tied to expanding access to medicines in poor countries “In a first-of-its-kind move by a large drug maker, Novartis (NVS) raised approximately $2.1 billion last week by selling bonds that are tied directly to its progress in making medicines accessible in certain low- and middle-income countries…”…

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