World Trade Organization (WTO)
Amit Sengupta’s reflections on the effects of globalization on healthcare

Multilateral and bilateral institutions as well private philanthropy have had an outsized role in shaping the global health policy agenda. In this piece, Amit Sengupta traces the changes globalization has brought to global health governance.

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

European Union prefers corporate profits over the health of people across the world

By showing reluctance on the patent waiver on COVID-19-related products even after the majority of its population is vaccinated, the EU leadership has once again taken the side of Big Pharma and perpetuated vaccine apartheid

Twist in TRIPS waiver negotiations raises eyebrows

A small group of WTO members has been discussing a watered-down version of the TRIPS waiver, which would leave most of the Global South’s production capacities unused

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

“Big Pharma should not be the one calling the shots during the pandemic”

Fatima Hassan from Health Justice International talks about the TRIPS waiver proposal, vaccine apartheid, and the WTO’s role in pandemic response and recovery

People’s movements, trade unions, and left parties join hands demanding TRIPS waiver on COVID-19 medical products

After the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference was called off following the discovery of the Omicron variant, trade unions, civil society organizations and parties on the left ramped up actions in favor of a TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 medical products

Global nurses coalition demands investigation against COVID-19 criminals

Nurses from 28 countries have filed a complaint in the UN alleging human rights violations by EU, UK, Norway, Switzerland, and Singapore for ‘the loss of countless lives’ in the pandemic.

Xiomara Castro set for historic win in Honduras presidential election and other stories

Today we look at the results of a major presidential election in Honduras, an appeal by nurses asking the UN to investigate countries blocking the TRIPS waiver, and more

The struggle for vaccine equity intensifies in Italy

The European Union has been at the forefront of the opposition that rich countries have shown towards the TRIPS waiver proposal for COVID-19 medical products. However, the EU’s position in the international arena is not shared by the people of Europe, who wish to see vaccines accessible in the Global South

Vaccine access gap widens in Latin America and the Caribbean

After Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean is the region that has the lowest vaccination coverage. Amid global vaccine inequity, the region is facing additional disparity due to various others reasons such as the US sanctions, political instability, among others

Food sovereignty: 25 years in the making

Jaime Amorim of La Via Campesina discusses the importance of food sovereignty as the pandemic induced global economic crisis has sent millions back to situations of hunger and misery

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