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Good morning, this is Elaine, editor of Geneva Solutions’ Health stream, produced in collaboration with Health Policy Watch.

Today, we’re covering news that the US Food and Drug Administration may slow down the pace of Covid-19 vaccine trials, and Switzerland’s appeal to countries to join the new Covax vaccine pool. Meanwhile Geneva’s global health “dean” speaks out about how Europe can shape a new global health partnership.

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Elaine Fletcher


Today’s reason for hope

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Health leaders urge more governments to join global vaccine pool. The Covax facility – a new vaccine pool created by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Gavi, the vaccine alliance – is intended to ensure equal distribution of any new Covid-19 vaccine to the most vulnerable groups worldwide.

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US regulators poised to slow pace of Covid-19 vaccine trials to ensure safety. Action taken by the US will set the pace for vaccine authorisations worldwide. But questions remain over whether the US health and human services secretary will go along with the new timetable.

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Trial underway for single-shot vaccine. Johnson & Johnson kicked off a final 60,000-person trial of a single-shot COVID-19 vaccine that potentially would simplify distribution of millions of doses.

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WHO, the pandemic and Europe’s new global health leadership role. Geneva’s global health “dean” Ilona Kickbusch speaks out about how Europe can help lead a new, and more equitable, global health partnerships worldwide.

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Here's what else is happening

Image of the day

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stands among thousands of US national flags while participating in a Covid-19 memorial service, near the base of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington. The 'Covid Memorial Project 'installed 200,000 flags near the Washington Monument to memorialise the two hundred thousand people in the US who have died of Covid-19.

Next on the agenda

25 September | Online: Decolonising Global Health. Nurse and midwife leaders will share their perspectives on what it will take to deconstruct the narratives, structures, and policies that perpetuate social inequality inherent in global health.


30 September | Online: Youth and Health Change Makers in a Changing World. This UNGA side event aims to address the challenges facing young people today, in a world changed drastically by the COVID-19 pandemic.


30 September - 2nd October | Online: European Health Forum 2020. The event entitled "Dancing With Elephants: New Partnerships for Health, Democracy and Business", aims to re-conceptualise ideas that are standing in the way of progress.

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