Tag: COVID-19

COVID-19: MSF urges governments to reject the draft COVID-19 text at WTO that would set a negative precedent

Draft text is NOT the intellectual property Waiver for COVID-19 medical tools people need Geneva – Almost one and a half years since India and South Africa first proposed a landmark intellectual property (IP) Waiver for COVID-19 medical tools at the World Trade...

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COVID-19: Vaccinating people with comorbidities in South Africa

CAPE TOWN: A vaccination support programme developed by MSF in Khayelitsha, South Africa, in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health (WCDoH), has shown that it is possible to target and protect individuals with comorbidities that increase the risk of...

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MSF responds to latest WHO recommendation for a COVID-19 therapeutic, baricitinib

Geneva: With the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending baricitinib for the treatment of people with severe or critical COVID-19, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on governments to take immediate steps to ensure that patent monopolies do not stand in...

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Myanmar: Responding to COVID-19 during political crisis

Political turmoil and the arrival of COVID-19 has left Myanmar's healthcare system shattered. With 2021 coming to an end, our team on the ground look back at our COVID-19 response, reflecting on what we can be proud of and what...

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Responding to COVID-19: Global Accountability Report 5 – May to September 2021

This report is the fifth of the accountability reports MSF is producing on our COVID-19 response. You can also read the first report, covering the period March - May 2020, the second report, covering the period June - August 2020, the third report covering...

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COVID-19: In an unequal world, our response to COVID-19 cannot be one size-fits-all

Dr Isabelle Defourny, MSF director of operations This opinion piece was first published in English in Al Jazeera and in French by Le Monde. Today we can say that we are entering into a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of the countries that...

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Manipur: MSF’s COVID-19 emergency response in Imphal

The second wave of COVID-19 hit India at the end of March 2021. In April, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sent doctors and nurses to work in Mumbai’s Jumbo Hospital that had a capacity for 2,000 patients. Teams also...

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Countries must not let another opportunity slip by to advance the global waiver on overcoming COVID-19 medical-tool monopolies

Geneva – As countries reconvene tomorrow for another round of discussions on the “TRIPS Waiver” proposal at the World Trade Organization (WTO), after a gap of over two months, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on the European Union (EU),...

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Yemen: Treating COVID-19 amongst fear, stigma and misinformation

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic in Yemen; stigma, disinformation, fear of detention and lack of knowledge on the presence of isolation centres continue to deter people from seeking timely treatment for the disease. “Some patients stay at home for a...

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EU, UK, Switzerland, Norway must stop blocking negotiations on landmark pandemic monopoly waiver

Ahead of the next World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting on the landmark pandemic monopoly waiver proposal — the ‘TRIPS waiver’ — the international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) denounced the European Union (EU) and countries including the...

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Peru: COVID situation remains critical in the world’s worst-hit country

Peru, which in recent days has revised up the number of deaths from COVID-19, currently has the highest COVID-19 mortality rate in the world. The revelation comes as the country experiences a major gap in its access to vaccines and is still...

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COVID-19: MSF responds to revised proposal on TRIPS waiver submitted to WTO by sponsoring governments

Following US expression of support on 5 May, EU and other remaining opposing countries must urgently join global consensus The governments co-sponsoring the proposal to waive intellectual property on COVID-19 medical tools have just submitted a revised proposal to the World Trade...

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