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Corporate takeover of multilateralism deals more blows to right to health

The People’s Working Group on Multistakeholderism published new report on corporate takeover of multilateral institutions, reducing people’s chances of safeguarding essential human rights

Health crises in fragile states need urgent attention

While the world remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, a pandemic of conflict continues to undermine the health of billions of people around the globe

Sudan protest Resistance against military coup in Sudan continues despite crackdown

Despite increasing violence by the security forces, the US and its regional and Western allies as well as the UN have been calling for a dialogue. However, “No Negotiation, No Compromise, No Power-sharing” remains the slogan on the streets

Make WHO-recommended new COVID-19 drugs accessible, affordable, demands MSF

US pharma giant Eli Lilly has the patent for Baricitinib, which will affect its availability and accessibility. MSF has called on governments to take immediate steps to ensure that patent monopolies do not stand in the way of access to this drug

Africa’s vaccination rate lags at 8% as booster doses deepen inequity and other stories

Today’s episode looks at the slow vaccination rate in Africa, the postponement of elections in Libya, and an end to the Kellogg’s strike

“The Cuban Soberana vaccine is not due to a miracle but the consequence of political decisions”

From November 15 to 25, 35 Italian volunteers participated in a clinical trial on the Soberana vaccine in Havana, Cuba. Thanks to its public and high quality biotechnological research and health care system, the Caribbean island is the only low-income country worldwide to have made its own COVID-19 vaccines

The many faces of travel bans

After the discovery of omicron, several rich countries blocked air traffic to southern Africa, stalling the delivery of supplies needed for the pandemic response and showing their racist bias towards the Global South

Thousands protest in Buenos Aires amid government-IMF debt talks and other stories

Today we look at a debt restructuring talks between Argentina and the IMF, a workers’ protest against rising costs and poverty in Turkey, and more

Vaccine inequity persists as African continent yet to surpass 10% vaccination rate

While the world is discussing ways to move on from the pandemic and return to normalcy, an entire continent is struggling to get even the first dose of vaccine, with little concern expressed by international bodies

The Pandemic Treaty Proposal expands global health inequities

The World Health Assembly Special Session in November will be considering the benefits of developing a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response. Rich countries are using the opportunity to sideline discussions on equity in public health

Delayed diagnostics, poor treatment: The plight of tuberculosis patients during COVID

Treatment and care for TB patients was sidelined in this period of the pandemic causing the number of deaths from to rise again after many years, and years of progress to be reversed

Why did it take over 50 years to develop Mosquirix, the first anti-malaria vaccine?

Dr Satyajit Rath talks about why it took so long to develop a malaria vaccine and the chances that pharma companies might seek to make big profits out of it

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