News Flash 411: Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges

News Flash Links, as part of the research project PEAH (Policies for Equitable Access to Health), aim to focus on the latest challenges by trade and governments rules to equitable access to health in resource-limited settings

News Flash 411 

Weekly Snapshot of Public Health Challenges



Governments must act fast on consensus supporting historic move to suspend monopolies during pandemic 

Intellectual Property Monopolies Block Vaccine Access  

Nearly 6 Million People Could Be Immunized By Vaccines in 2021 – But Low-Income Countries Risk Being Left Out, Warns BMJ 

Missed opportunity for immunization due to COVID-19  

COVID-19 Vaccine: Reaching People in Areas Controlled by Armed Groups 

What is the ‘know-how gap’ problem and how might it impact scaling up production of Covid-19 related diagnostics, therapies and vaccines? 

World Health Organization’s Censorship Of Report On Italy’s Pandemic Response Sets Dangerous International Precedent – Critics Say  

WHO EXECUTIVE BOARD EB148/1 (annotated) 148th session 14 December 2020 Geneva, 18–26 January 2021 Provisional agenda (annotated)  

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Epidemiological Update 

Coronavirus Variant Identified In England 

Fair Research Contracting – Key to Promoting Solidarity for Science and Development in a post-COVID-19 World by Carel IJsselmuiden, Kirsty Kaiser, Abigail Wilkinson, Farirai Mutenherwa 

The role of implementation research for pandemic response 

Covid-19 VIRAT and VRAF Country Assessment Tool: The Need of the Hour by Tanushree Mondal

EU finalizes €500M boost for COVAX 

Canada pledges C$485 million in COVID-19 aid for other nations 

Too Big To Ignore: 7 Recommendations To Address Our Growing Mental Health Crisis 

Study finds malaria drug can also prevent relapse in children 

Human mobility in the Amazon ‘pushes malaria to cities’ 

The Medicines Patent Pool sublicenses sutezolid, an investigational drug for TB treatment, paving the way for clinical development 

Heart disease and stroke killing people in greater numbers than ever, WHO data show  

New alliance seeks to fight ‘plague’ of fake medicines 

DNDi 2020 Year in Review 

Human Rights Reader 557 

Almost 2 billion people depend on health care facilities without basic water services – WHO, UNICEF 


Busting myths around the Energy Charter Treaty  

Energy Efficiency for Developing Countries: Pivoting from Fewer Inputs to More Outputs  

Dirty development dumped  

Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy  

Global Health And Air Pollution Advocates Hail Landmark UK Court Ruling Recognizing Air Pollution As Factor In Child’s Death