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The COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver: a watered-down, unambitious compromise In October 2020, India and South Africa submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to temporarily waive certain intellectual property articles of the TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement to scale up production of vaccines, treatments and diagnostics around the world, promote equitable access and curb the current global health crisis.The... The high price of new medicines increases hospitals' pharmaceutical costs by 53% in just seven years A new report by the No Es Sano (It's Not Healthy) campaign analyses the high-priced medicines approved during the pandemic and highlights the upward trend in public spending in recent years. These medicines cost €100,000s per patient every year and have a huge impact on regional health budgets. We are calling for greater... Not all pandemics are fought with face masks We present #VIHdasOlvidadas (#HIVForgottenLives), a campaign to speak about the impact of Covid-19 on the fight against AIDS: for the first time in history, HIV diagnosis and prevention have lost groundToday is World AIDS Day. AIDS is a pandemic that still affects nearly 40 million people in the world and keeps killing one million... Spain to share its Covid-19 diagnostic testing technology through C-TAP The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) today announced the signing of a licensing agreement for the CSIC-developed "ELISA" serological antibody test.As announced by the two institutions at an event today, this agreement represents the first transparent, global, non-exclusive licence for a Covid-19 test that will allow manufacturers with capacity... We implore Pedro Sánchez to put pressure on the EU to change its stance on patent waiver One year after India and South Africa’s proposal to temporarily suspend patents on Covid-19 vaccines and other instruments, Europe continues blocking the initiative from within the WTO. These organisations praise Spain’s position, which has expressed support for the proposal, imploring Sánchez to defend it at the European Summit that starts this Thursday.Madrid, 19... We beseech the government to not leave the new successful cancer therapies developed in public hospitals in the hands of pharma companies CAR-T-cell therapies are innovative treatments being employed with good results in blood cancers and are under study for solid tumours The Hospital Clínic de Barcelona is the first public hospital to develop its own version of this therapy at a vastly lower price than its commercial alternatives, which surpass 300,000 euros. No es...

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