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With a Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver likely, time to rethink global intellectual property rules  By Professor Ruth L. Okediji

Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.   On Wednesday May 5, the US moved to back a Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver that was being debated at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The proposal, first put forward by South Africa and India in October 2020, seeks …

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Nigeria to receive 29.8 million doses of J&J COVID-19 vaccines – NPHCDA

By Rachael Abujah Abuja, April 26, 2021 The, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says Nigeria will receive 29.8 million doses of the single shot Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines. The NPHCDA Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib made this public on Monday during the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) …

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Emirates’ Milestone flight EK2021 highlights industry readiness for travel rebound

Emirates’ one-of-a-kind flight EK2021 proudly made a journey across the different emirates this week, to signal the aviation industry’s readiness for a travel rebound. It was also to celebrate the UAE’s remarkable vaccination programme that has administered close to 9 million vaccines doses to date. The special flight, which carried …

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Denmark completely stops using AstraZeneca vaccine; Germany decides against AstraZeneca for second jab for under-60s

Copenhagen, Berlin, April 14, 2021 Denmark is completely halting the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, Danish Health Administration head, Soren Brostrom, said. This is as German federal and state health ministers have decided decided that people under 60 in Germany who were given the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose …

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Ex-NTA DG calls for scientists, media collaboration; Govt hasn’t given media needed support – Online Publishers’ President, Oladipo

By Kemi Akintokun Lagos, April 13, 2021 Prof. Tony Iredia, a former Director-General, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), has called for more collaboration between the media and scientists. Iredia made the call on Tuesday at the ongoing virtual conference marking the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPHARM) and Nigerian Guild of Editors …

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SERAP sues Buhari over ‘missing N3.8bn health funds’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over “his failure to probe allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 of public funds meant for the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres, and National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are missing, mismanaged, diverted or stolen, …

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Shell confirms oil spill in Bayelsa, suspect sabotage; Activists dismiss coys’ claim, say spill is life threatening

By Nathan Nwakamma Yenagoa, April 3, 2021 The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has confirmed oil spill from its facility at Agbura-Otuokpoti area of Yenagoa, the state capital. The company’s Media Relations Manager, Bamidele Odugbesan, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa …

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