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Covid-19. Afrique du Sud.

Governments must support landmark proposal to waive COVID-19 patents

Ahead of World Trade Organization talks to consider a landmark request to waive certain intellectual property during the COVID-19 pandemic – put forward by India and South Africa in October – MSF calls on all governments to support this game-changing step.

5 reasons to refuse patents and monopolies on Covid-19 vaccines

5 reasons a new proposal by India and South Africa could be a gamechanger in the COVID-19 response.
Coronavirus. Covid-19. Vaccins.

Governments must demand pharma make all COVID-19 vaccine deals public

With billions of dollars of tax payer money being poured into the development coronavirus vaccines, the deals from pharmaceutical companies are being kept largely secret, raising concerns.
Migration. Camps. Grèce.
Dr Christos Christou


Enough is enough: new pact, same misery for refugees

This op-ed was first published in Geneva Solutions on 3 October 2020.
Migration. Camps. Moria. Grèce.
Aurélie Ponthieu


If the only way to break free is to burn down your house, something is wrong

By Aurélie Ponthieu, humanitarian specialist for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Strong words and action needed to protect women’s lives during this pandemic

By Avril Benoît, MSF-USA executive director.

Unregulated market for personal protective equipment puts lives at risk

Regulation to ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE) is distributed in an equitable and transparent manner during the COVID-19 pandemic must be put in place, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has urged.
Vaccins. Prix. Covid-19.

Any future COVID-19 vaccines must be sold at cost and accessible to all

MSF has urged world leaders to demand pharmaceutical companies to sell any COVID-19 vaccines they develop at cost price.

From Ebola to COVID-19: West Africa must learn from the past

Dr Dorian Job, MSF West Africa Programme Manager in Dakar, Senegal, provides an update on the situation in Africa and our priorities.
Jonathan Whittall

Vulnerable communities are bracing for impact of COVID-19

How are you supposed to wash your hands regularly if you have no running water or soap? How can you implement ‘social distancing’ if you live in a slum or a refugee camp? How are you supposed to stop crossing borders if you are fleeing from war?