COVID-19
Molnupiravir: A welcome development but accessibility still a question

Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about key aspects of the new drug, Molnupiravir, and points out that a lot that needs attention to make sure the drug becomes accessible to the poorer nations

Humans without rights: Refugees and access to COVID-19 vaccines

Although the 1951 Refugee Convention grants refugees equal health rights as host populations, this has not translated into practice when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines

Equitable access to Covid-19 diagnostics and therapeutics is key to ending the pandemic

One year has passed since the TRIPS waiver proposal was first tabled at the World Trade Organization, and rich countries persevere in opposing it. This has affected the availability of vaccines, and is having effect on access to diagnostics and therapeutics too

Climate crisis and vaccine inequity on the agenda for UNGA meeting and other stories

Today we look at the start of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, assassinations of social leaders and Indigenous people in Colombia, and more

76th session of the UN General Assembly begins in New York; focus on climate change and vaccine equity 

Secretary General Antonio Guterres asked rich countries to deliver on their promise to provide USD 100 billion annually to help developing countries in their fight against climate change

227 environmental defenders killed in record attacks in 2020 and other stories

Today we look at the Global Witness report on attacks on environmental defenders, the dropping of all charges against 3 Denver PSL organizers in the US, and more

Covid-19 is endemic, it is here to stay

Prof. Satyajit Rath talks about a randomized trial by researchers in Bangladesh on the effectiveness of masks and mask-usage disparity within the country

Access to insulin: A tale of 100 years of disparity

A century after the discovery of insulin, quality-assured access remains hindered by high prices. The WHO resolution for transparency in pricing of insulin aims at dealing with Big Pharma market monopoly

Mexico’s Supreme Court decriminalizes abortion in landmark ruling and other stories

Today we look at the Mexican Supreme Court’s ruling decriminalizing abortion, the indictments against Palestinian officers in the killing of Nizar Banat, and more

Amid growing healthcare crisis Sri Lanka declares food emergency

The food emergency decree gives the Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led government sweeping powers to seize stocks of essential items such as rice, paddy, and sugar. The government has extended the nationwide lockdown till September 13

Feminists for a People’s Vaccine: challenging barriers to equitable access 

A newly launched campaign by the Third World Network and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era highlights the questions of gender-based differences in access to Covid-19 vaccines, medicines, therapeutics and equipment

COVID-19: Autoantibodies can cause severe disease and deaths

Various studies have revealed that autoantibodies have been a key driver of severe illness and deaths amongst people critically infected with COVID-19. Findings also show that autoantibodies’ concentration in human bodies increases with age

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