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World Health Assembly, Side Events Address Smallpox Stocks, Access To Medicines

Media outlets report on the ongoing World Health Assembly meeting and associated side events.

Intellectual Property Watch: BRICS Ministers Join Forces For Access To Medicines
“At a side event to the opening of the 2014 World Health Assembly, strong statements were made by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) country ministers and representatives to assume leadership and cooperate to tackle the issue of inaccessibility to affordable medicines in theirs and developing countries…” (Fraser, 5/20).

Wall Street Journal: WHO to Discuss Destruction of Smallpox Stocks
“The World Health Organization’s decision-making body is meeting this week to debate pressing health matters from the growing threat of drug resistance to saving newborns…” (McKay, 5/21).

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