TRIPS waiver: US support is a major step but no guarantee of COVID-19 vaccine equity

“The question is how to translate rights under WTO rules into access to medicines on the ground. The 2005 TRIPs amendment has only ever been used once in 2007 when Canada supplied generic antiretroviral drugs to Rwanda. Those involved subsequently criticised the amendment for being overly bureaucratic, costly and complicated.”

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A third of Nigerians are unemployed: Here’s why

“Measures like lockdowns, social distancing, work from home and travel restrictions significantly affected the economy. The aviation sector and related services were one of the worst hit.”

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What steps must be taken to secure oxygen – for COVID-19 patients and into the future

“Low and middle income countries face huge hurdles in getting oxygen to patients. In many countries proper systems to supply oxygen have been neglected for decades, despite pneumonia being the single biggest cause of hospital admission in low and middle income countries, even before the pandemic.”

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Kenya’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has got off to a slow start

“One month into the exercise, just over 280,000 people had been vaccinated. This is slow relative to the targets the government has set. And a lot of catching up will be needed in the next two months.”

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New COVID-19 variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’

“New ‘variants of concern’ have emerged and spread worldwide, putting current pandemic control efforts, including vaccination, at risk of being derailed. Put simply, the game has changed, and a successful global rollout of current vaccines by itself is no longer a guarantee of victory.”

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Lessons from the past: Protecting women and girls from violence during COVID-19

“A gender perspective is essential to health interventions because it anchors them in human rights and safety. But it also contributes to more effective and equitable pandemic control policies.”

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New COVID-19 variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’

“If there are high transmission levels and extensive replication of SARS-CoV-2, anywhere in the world, more variants of concern will inevitably arise and the more infectious variants will dominate. With international mobility, these variants will spread.”

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Why India is banking on health diplomacy to grow African footprint

“India has stepped up its global ambitions and foreign policy re-engagement with African countries in recent years. Its bilateral trade increased from $7.2 billion in 2001 to $63 billion in 2017/18. India is now the third largest export destination and the fifth largest investor on the continent.”

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Solar technologies can speed up vaccine rollout in Africa

“Unreliable power is extremely costly for vaccination efforts. Each year, nearly 50% of freeze-dried and 25% of liquid vaccines are wasted. This is in large part due to cold chain electricity disruptions.”

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Battling misinformation wars in Africa: Applying lessons from GMOs to COVID-19

“The flood of misinformation around vaccines evokes an eerie sense of déjà vu. It is reminiscent of the aggressively anti Genetically Modified Organism campaign that has stalled Africa’s efforts to improve the productivity and nutrition of key crops over the past three decades.”

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