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Countries urge drug companies to share vaccine know-how

PARIS (AP) — In an industrial neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s largest city lies a factory with gleaming new equipment imported from Germany, its immaculate hallways lined with hermetically sealed rooms. It is operating at just a quarter of its capacity. It is one of three factories that The Associated Press found on three … Read more

New WTO chief pushes for vaccine access, fisheries deal

GENEVA (AP) — The new head of the World Trade Organization called Monday for a “technology transfer” when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and urged member nations to reach a deal to reduce overfishing after years of fruitless talks as she laid out her top priorities after taking office. Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist … Read more

Iran expects 250,000 doses of vaccine from China

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Health Ministry says the country expects to receive 250,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China on Saturday. Alireza Raisi, deputy health minister, says the country will receive doses of other vaccines, including from India, in the “near future” as the country struggles to fight the worst outbreak of the pandemic … Read more

Vaccine roll-out gaps a core concern for G-20 countries

MILAN (AP) — The uneven distribution of vaccines between wealthier and poorer countries is a key concern of Group of 20 nations as leaders consider how to create even footing for recovery from the pandemic both in economic and health terms, Italy’s economic minister said Friday. Daniele Franco told a virtual news conference after the … Read more

Angela Merkel will not take AstraZeneca vaccine as ‘example’ because it contravenes German advice

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sean Gallup/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (11774107b) German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives, virtually via video link, the 2021 report by the Council of Experts on Research and Innovation (EFI) in Berlin, Germany, 24 February 2021. The report is an advisory tool for the government in setting priorities for federally-supported research and related policies. For 2021 … Read more

Syria govt says it has virus vaccine; doesn’t say from where

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s health minister on Thursday said his government procured coronavirus vaccines from a friendly country which he declined to name, adding that frontline health workers would be the first to be inoculated starting next week. It was not clear why Hassan Ghabbash declined to name the country that provided the vaccines. … Read more

How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants?

The Guardian Biden is already backtracking on his promises to provide student debt relief Let’s be clear: whatever he may say, Biden absolutely has the power to unilaterally cancel all federal student debt Students activists at Washington University in St Louis pull a mock ball and chain representing student debt. Photograph: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images … Read more