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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…

Nations Worldwide Take Steps To Mitigate COVID-19 Impacts

AFRICA Daily Beast: Coronavirus Erupts in Africa — Along With Deadly Rumors and Fear (Obaji, 3/30). Fox News: Coronavirus measures in Africa escalate to violence as police, military enforce lockdowns (Sorace, 3/30). France 24: Millions enter lockdown in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, as Africa steps up virus fight (3/31). New Humanitarian: Coronavirus…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Examine Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Wall Street Journal: The Real Cure for Coronavirus Editorial Board “Governments are frantically trying to contain and combat the coronavirus, and those efforts are important, but the world’s best hope is private innovation. Cutting-edge diagnostic tests and treatments are advancing, and government should encourage the trend. President Trump recently ordered…

U.S. Lawmakers, Development Advocates Consider Future Funding For COVID-19 Global Response; U.S. State Department Touts Efforts In ‘Leading Humanitarian’ Response

Devex: Aid advocates want future US COVID-19 funding to have global focus “Now that the U.S. Congress has approved a largely domestic-focused $2 trillion supplemental appropriations package, development professionals are looking ahead to what future funding might mean for the global response to COVID-19. … Lawmakers realize that further bills…

Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Says Ebola Experience Would Inform COVID-19 Leadership; Trump Campaign Targets Adviser Ron Klain

POLITICO: Trump camp targets Obama’s Ebola czar “Joe Biden has had limited success with his live-from-Wilmington, Del., coronavirus briefings. His longtime adviser, Ron Klain, is a different story. The nation’s former Ebola czar recently cut a video for the Biden campaign making an animated case against Donald Trump’s handling of…

Nations Worldwide Act To Mitigate COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts

AFRICA AP: In Zimbabwe, ‘you win coronavirus or you win starvation’ (Mutsaka, 3/30). AP: In Somalia, coronavirus goes from fairy tale to nightmare (Guled/Nor, 3/29). Bloomberg: Africa Is Two to Three Weeks Away From Height of Virus Storm (Naidoo, 3/29). ASIA AP: City at center of China’s virus outbreak gradually…

More News In Global Health

CBS: Transcript: Dr. David Heymann discusses coronavirus on “Face the Nation,” March 29, 2020 (3/29). CNN: Yes, we long have referred to disease outbreaks by geographic places. Here’s why we shouldn’t anymore (Kaur, 3/28). CNN: Her husband died. Then his family shaved her head and made her strip beside his…