CHINA SUPPORTS WTO’S PROPOSAL TO WAIVE COVID-19 VACCINE PATENTS

Thu 13 May 2021: China’s Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said on Thursday that Beijing supports a proposal by the World Trade Organization for an intellectual property protection waiver on COVID-19 vaccines to enter the consultation stage. British and European Union officials have been skeptical about the usefulness of a US proposal to waive patent […]

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OVER A QUARTER OF EUROPEAN UNION ADULTS WOULD REFUSE COVID SHOT: SURVEY

Thu 13 May 2021: More than a quarter of adults in the European Union would be unlikely to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it was offered to them, a survey published on Thursday showed. The results also suggested a strong link between vaccine hesitancy and the use of social media, particularly where social media is […]

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NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN INDIA RISES BY 362,727 OVER PAST 24 HOURS

Thu 13 May 2021: India has confirmed 362,727 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with the total number of those infected having reached 23,703,665, the country’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday. The death toll from the disease has reached 258,317 people, with 4,120 new fatalities being recorded […]

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EUROSTAT SEES NO RECOVERY FOR COMMERCIAL AIR TRAVEL IN EARLY 2021

Wed 12 May 2021: The commercial air traffic in the European Union has not recovered from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying travel restrictions in early 2021, including last month, Eurostat, the EU’s official statistics bureau, said on Wednesday. According to the bureau, last April the industry suffered a 91-percent drop in air […]

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NAURU VACCINATES ALL ITS ADULTS AGAINST COVID-19 IN ‘WORLD RECORD’ EFFORT

Wed 12 May 2021: The tiny Pacific nation of Nauru has congratulated itself for a “world record” COVID-19 vaccination drive which resulted in all its adult population receiving their first jab. The remote island nation, one of the few places in the world to remain virus-free, said the four-week vaccination campaign had exceeded expectations. It said 7,392 […]

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EUROPEAN UNION LAUNCHES SECOND LAWSUIT AGAINST ASTRAZENECA

Tue 11 May 2021: The European Commission has launched a second lawsuit against UK-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca over the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, Stefan De Keersmaecker, a spokesperson or the EU executive, said on Tuesday. During a press briefing, De Keersmaecker said that the second case, which follows an initial lawsuit launched in late April, […]

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ACTIVISTS PROTEST OUTSIDE ASTRAZENECA IN CAMBRIDGE, CALLING FOR ‘PEOPLE’S VACCINE’

Tue 11 May 2021: Activists have blocked the entrance to an AstraZeneca building in Cambridge where its AGM is taking place and hung a banner demanding that its Covid-19 jab becomes a “People’s Vaccine’. Protesters demanding that the pharmaceutical company drop patent protections for coronavirus vaccines, Our Future Now, a youth group affiliated with the […]

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