It's not just the virus that's becoming a global emergency. Panic is causing economies to collapse. Critics say delocalization is the answer, and that fearmongerers are just making things worse.
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They’re religious, nationalist in nature and currently opposed to a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown — Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro and India's Narendra Modi have much in common. But it is more than an ocean that separates them.
Ursula von der Leyen has said the bloc is ready to hold talks over a US-backed proposal to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines. The Commission had been resisting such calls for months.
The US has backed India and South Africa's bid to temporarily lift patent protection for COVID-19 vaccines. The support for an IP waiver by the WTO has left pharma companies dismayed and health activists asking for more.
As India grapples with a devastating wave of COVID-19 cases, the country's official death toll surged passed the 200,000 mark. The crisis has been worsened by shortages in oxygen and medical equipment.
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