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WHO Executive Board to discuss outbreaks of diseases old and new, financing and universal coverage

The 152nd session of WHO’s Executive Board is being held from January 30 to February 7. On the agenda are crucial issues such as progress towards Universal Health Coverage, equitable access to diagnostics and therapeutics, and nutrition

Scientists call upon European Union to build public pharma production capacities

Dozens of scientists, health activists, and health officers in the EU are gathering support for building public capacities for pharmaceutical production and breaking ties with industry

The Pandemic Age and the debates around intellectual property

Thiru Balasubramaniam of Knowledge Ecology International talks about debates on intellectual property in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of the World Intellectual Property Organization

Death trumps life at Geneva WTO Ministerial

Big Pharma profits have trumped lives and health again. Some, such as India, China, Russia, South Africa, can produce vaccines for all, but there hang threats of sanctions by rich countries

BRICS summit calls for a true multilateral world based on an alternative economic order  

During his inaugural address, Chinese President Xi Jingping denounced Western countries’ policy of using their economic power as a weapon against the rest of the world and called for greater south-south cooperation in the field of technology and collective economic development 

Health workers will not stop fighting for a better alternative to WTO COVID-19 response

George Poe Williams from the National Health Workers Union of Liberia comments on the recent outcome of the WTO Ministerial Conference and the disappointment this has caused among health workers

Daily Round-up | WTO Ministerial meet falls short and more stories

In this episode, we bring you developments from the World Trade Organization Ministerial, protests for abortion rights in Malta, the agitation against the Omnibus law in Indonesia, and environmental degradation in Brazil

WTO decides: no TRIPS waiver

Trade delegates and WTO Secretariat celebrate package of documents issued at the end of the Ministerial Conference, yet outlook for Global South remains bleak

Importance of TRIPS flexibilities under the Doha Declaration on Public Health

NewscClick’s Prabir Purkayastha and immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discuss the TRIPS waiver and the larger question of intellectual property rights and public health

World Trade Organization and Pandemic response: Time is up

At the 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO taking place from 12-16 June, trade delegates are likely to pass a meaningless Covid-19 decision in an attempt to safeguard the organization’s face after months of botched negotiations for a suspension of harmful trade rules on intellectual property

IP at World Health Assembly Private monopolies hinder progress on public health: intellectual property at the 75th World Health Assembly

Obstruction by pharmaceutical companies from the Global North and misuse of monopoly privileges continue to slow down research into new vaccines and medicines, with disastrous effects for people’s health in the Global South. Discussions at the 75th World Health Assembly did little to address this

Compromised TRIPS Waiver will prolong pandemic inequalities

As the COVID-19 pandemic turns two, access to medicines movements warn that a recent compromise deal on the TRIPS waiver allegedly outlined by the US, the EU, India and South Africa will not be enough to address existing inequities