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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,…

U.S., Canada Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations; Media Outlets Report On Other Vaccine-Related News From Australia, Brazil

The Guardian: Australia’s initial vaccine rollout unlikely to stop Covid transmission, study finds (Davey, 12/14). The Hill: U.S. begins COVID-19 vaccinations in moment of hope (Hellmann, 12/14). The Hill: Health official warns Brazil may not get mass vaccinations until March (Coleman, 12/14). New York Times: ‘Playing With Lives’: Brazil’s Covid…

Nature, STAT Examine COVID-19’s Impact On Science, What Researchers Know About New Virus

Nature: COVID and 2020: An extraordinary year for science “One event dominated in 2020: a deadly and previously unknown virus wreaked havoc across the globe, killing more than 1.5 million people, infecting many more, and causing economic devastation. And although there were other newsworthy research developments in 2020, the pandemic…

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…

Laws, Policies Must Catch Up To Scientific Advancement To Eradicate HIV, Report Says

Global Citizen: Countries Around the World Need to Prioritize Policy Change to Tackle HIV: Report Khanyi Mlaba, writer and editor at Global Citizen, discusses findings from a recently released HIV Policy Lab report “that details how different countries’ HIV policies compare to the international standard.” Mlaba writes, “The HIV Policy…

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