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COVID-19: Governments must support landmark proposal to waive COVID-19 patents

GENEVA - Ahead of World Trade Organization (WTO) talks to consider a landmark request to waive certain intellectual property (IP) during the COVID-19 pandemic – put forward by India and South Africa in October – Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on all...

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MSF: Governments must demand pharma make all COVID-19 vaccine licensing deals public

Terms of a deal disclosed show that we cannot rely on pharma’s goodwill to do the right thing, even in a pandemic. Geneva, 11 November 2020 – After the worrying terms of a deal struck between pharmaceutical corporation AstraZeneca and...

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Syria: Dozens of people treated following an airstrike in Idlib

On the morning of Monday 26 October, an airstrike hit an area in the north of Idlib governorate, northwest Syria. Local media outlets have reported more than 75 deaths and another 135 injured so far. The vast majority of the...

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Greece: Negligent and dangerous COVID-19 response in Vathy camp, Samos

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is urging the Greek authorities to immediately scale up their response to COVID-19 in Vathy camp on Samos island and transfer people at high risk to safe accommodation on Greece’s mainland or in other...

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5 reasons a new proposal by India and South Africa could be a gamechanger in the COVID-19 response

5 reasons a new proposal by India and South Africa could be a gamechanger in the COVID-19 response. And why ALL governments should support it. On October 2, 2020, India and South Africa submitted a landmark proposal to the World Trade...

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Access to Medicines: In landmark move, India and South Africa propose no patents on COVID-19 medicines, tools during pandemic

Governments make request to WTO for intellectual property waiver for all countries until herd immunity reached Geneva - In a landmark move, India and South Africa on 2 October asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow all countries to...

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Tackling COVID-19 in Hebron, the epicentre of the outbreak in Palestine

Palestine is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases, both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Of the more than 43,000 cases confirmed in the West Bank since the start of the pandemic, more than a third have been in Hebron governorate...

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Iraq: COVID-19 outbreak in Baghdad is “very alarming”

The COVID-19 pandemic has become very alarming in Iraq, with the country currently reporting close to 4,000 new cases every day and around 500 deaths a week. Over the past month alone, more than 100,000 cases have been identified in the country. And...

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Syria: Ten-fold increase in COVID-19 cases adds new challenges in northwest Syria

Northwest Syria is currently witnessing a sharp increase in the number of patients with COVID-19, which is now ten times higher than what it was just a month ago. As of 22 September, 640 people had tested positive for the new coronavirus in the region,...

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Mumbai: Responding to COVID-19 in slums of M-East ward

In June 2020, MSF teams started their COVID-19 response in the slums of M-East ward, Mumbai. MSF is collaborating with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to reduce the mortality and morbidity due to COVID-19 by improving the capacity...

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Central African Republic: In times of COVID-19, malaria remains the number one killer of children in CAR

The hospital in Batangafo – a town of 31,000 people, including 22,000 displaced from elsewhere in the Central African Republic – is bustling with activity. While a particular focus has been placed on infection prevention and control measures to identify and isolate...

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Chhattisgarh: Providing mobile healthcare in the Indian jungle during COVID-19

Irish MSF Project Coordinator Sarah Leahy describes a day working with MSF at a mobile healthcare clinic in Bijapur, India.  'The car comes to a sudden halt. A herd of cattle blocks the road on which our mobile clinic team...

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