Health

17.05.2020

Ellen ‘t Hoen on the initiative of a global patent pool to combat covid-19

Ellen ‘t Hoen on the initiative of a global patent pool to combat covid-19

Ellen ‘t Hoen, is a lawyer who has been advocating for public health issues for more than 30 years, specializing in policies related to the pharmaceutical industry and intellectual property. She has worked as a consultant to governments, international organizations and civil society organizations. From 2009 to 2012, she joined… »

16.05.2020

We are all Homeland

We are all Homeland

In my country, Argentina, Kirchnerism has made a sentence famous: “Home is the other”, which I paraphrased in the title. I have always considered it the vernacular synthesis of the concept “the human being as a central value” and of the Golden Rule (treat others as you would like them… »

15.05.2020

Sanders and Omar Lead 300+ Global Lawmakers in Call to Protect Developing Countries from Economic Ruin

Sanders and Omar Lead 300+ Global Lawmakers in Call to Protect Developing Countries from Economic Ruin

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) led more than 300 international lawmakers across two dozen countries in a letter to the leadership of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today, calling on the international financial institutions to cancel low-income countries’ debt in response to… »

14.05.2020

Coronavirus vaccine search: how we’re preparing to make enough for the whole world

Coronavirus vaccine search: how we’re preparing to make enough for the whole world

There are 102 candidate vaccines being explored as a means of ending the COVID-19 pandemic, as of April 30. Eight of these have already made it to clinical trials in humans, and another 94 are in the pre-clinical evaluation stage. These candidates also fall into eight different categories of… »

12.05.2020

Women Taking Charge during COVID-19

Women Taking Charge during COVID-19

By Fairuz Ahmed As the COVID-19 mayhem carries on in most countries, the role of mothers, daughters, and female caregivers have been affected the most. Besides looking after the household and home schooling children, they are also working on the front lines, actively or… »

12.05.2020

FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains

FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains

Heavy rains favour reproduction, second wave of locusts expected during upcoming harvest The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, said today that significant gains had been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen. He stressed, however,… »

10.05.2020

What’s happening in Belarus, the only European country to not adopt social distancing

What’s happening in Belarus, the only European country to not adopt social distancing

In power for 26 years, president Lukashenko pokes fun at the risks of Covid-19 while trying to preserve the economy Praveen S. – Brasil de Fato Belarus is the only European country that did not adopt any social distancing measures during the pandemic. As of Saturday May 2nd, the country… »

09.05.2020

Coronavirus: EU urges closing external borders until mid-June

Coronavirus: EU urges closing external borders until mid-June

The European Commission has called on EU member states to uphold travel bans on non-essential travel to the bloc. EU officials also said priority must be given to restoring frictionless travel within the bloc. The European Commission on Friday recommended extending travel restrictions for non-EU nationals at the bloc’s external… »

08.05.2020

Profiting from the Pandemic: Will Pharmaceutical Giants Use Patents to Limit Access to COVID Drugs?

Profiting from the Pandemic: Will Pharmaceutical Giants Use Patents to Limit Access to COVID Drugs?

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide approaches 4 million and the pandemic could be with us for months or years, we look at who can access drugs like Remdesivir, being developed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead, which has the patent for the drug and is poised to make massive profits. »

07.05.2020

Interview with Professor Zhang, regarding the Chinese care of COVID-19

Interview with Professor Zhang, regarding the Chinese care of COVID-19

We had the chance to interview Professor Zhang, who is working in Infection Department at the Health System in the city of Chongqing, China, in order to consult him, as an expert and part of the team helping Hubei Province, about the most important measures that were implemented in China… »

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