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Good morning, this is Elaine bringing you Geneva Solutions’ Global Health news coverage.

Today, we’re covering news that the United States is back in WHO’s boardroom as a major player and how Delhi is launching a ‘war’ on air pollution. In Washington DC, new FDA rules may put a Covid-19 vaccine approval out of reach until after the election.

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Elaine Fletcher


Today’s reason for hope

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Avoiding an ‘Airpocalypse’. Announcing a ‘war on pollution’ Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has pledged to take pre-emptive action against the pollution emergencies the city faces every winter. His secret weapon? A new rapid composting technology he hopes will inspire farmers in nearby rural states to turn their crop waste into fertiliser rather than burning it.

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United States back in WHO boardroom US deputy secretary of health and human services, Brett Giroir, cited “progress” in a review of WHO’s pandemic response, suggesting that the US will remain a player at the organisation.

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HackaHealth hopes to find solutions to challenges facing people with disabilities as it brings Geneva experts in medical and health technology together this weekend.

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US Food and Drug Administration issues stricter guidelines for approving Covid-19 vaccines but will President Trump go along? The guidelines would almost certainly delay the first FDA-approved vaccines until after the US presidential elections.

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Here's what else is happening

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Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ‘rewriting the code to life’ by developing the tools to edit DNA, or ‘genetic scissors’. The pair are the first two women to share the prize.

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Next on the agenda

8 October | Online: Measuring progress, challenges and opportunities for Universal Health Coverage. World leaders come together to reflect on UHC in the context of Covid-19.


10 October | Online: The big event for mental health. On world mental health day, experts and celebrities will get together to discuss how to improve mental health.


12 October | Online: Globalisation and pandemics. A talk by Pol Antràs, Robert G. Ory Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Graduate Institute (EN)

13-15 October l Online: Women leaders in global health conference. This event will address the urgent action needed for gender equality in global health.


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