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Africa with over 4.6 million cases has world’s lowest vaccination rate 

Despite being the second-most populous continent on the globe – accounting for 17.21% of the world population – the vaccination rate in Africa is the lowest in the world, currently adding up to only 1% of the vaccines administered worldwide

Students detained amid crackdown on Hirak movement in Algeria and other stories

Today we look at the crackdown on student-led Hirak protests in Algeria, the student workers’ strike at NYU in the US, and more

Majority in G7 countries wants COVID-19 vaccine know-how to be shared, says poll

The findings of the survey shared by the the People’s Vaccine Alliance shows that the vast number of respondents want governments to intervene and ensure the knowledge is shared with others. Most G7 countries are opposed to patent waivers on vaccines

Demand for patent waiver WTO meet Ahead of crucial WTO meet, rights groups urge patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccines

The rich countries have opposed the proposal of a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines put forth by over 100 poorer countries, calling it harmful for the interests of drug companies

COVID-19 vaccine patents Majority of US population supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccine production 

Citing the interests of “innovators”, the US has led other rich countries in opposing the proposal for a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 poor and developing countries in the WTO

Iraq asks US timeline for troop withdrawal and other stories

Today we look at Iraq’s demands for the withdrawal of US troops, protests following the police shooting of Adam Toledo, US public support for vaccine waivers, and the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan

COVID-19 vaccination for refugees lags in west Asia

Most refugees living in poor countries in West and South Asia are being left behind in the vaccination programmes being undertaken by the respective governments for several reasons, including a shortage of adequate number of vaccine doses

Demand for waving patent rights to produce COVID-19 vaccines gains momentum

WTO’s TRIPS agreements have limited the production of COVID-19 vaccines leading to unequal access globally where some rich countries have amassed more than required doses and majority of poor countries have received none or inadequate number of doses

Train workers strike in Santiago as protests continue in Chile and other stories

We take a look at the strike by Santiago Subway workers in Chile, the deaths of over 12 minors during a military operation in Colombia, congressional approval of the 1.9 trillion dollar Covid relief bill in the US, an appeal by low income and poor countries to WTO to waive vaccine patents, and the annulment of the criminal convictions against Brazil’s former progressive president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Vaccines: Patents or life!

Patents on vaccines and on new technologies against COVID-19 are the ball and chain in the race out of the global pandemic tunnel. Our lives are worth more than the profits of big pharmaceutical companies.

International Criminal Court vs US exceptionalism

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha analyses the decision by the Donald Trump administration to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court. The ICC is conducting a probe into war crimes by the US in Afghanistan.

India’s RCEP Dilemma: Is There a Way Out?

India’s difficulty in acceding to the mega regional free trade agreement, RCEP, currently being negotiated among 16 Asia-Pacific nations, is reflective of a deep malaise in not just its trade policy but also domestic economy.

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