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Good morning, Pokuaa with you and in this week’s global health news we have a lot to cover on vaccines from a rights-based perspective, where heads of UN health and human rights agencies make explicit calls for increased supply and production of vaccines to end the Covid pandemic.

We also make our way through the greek alphabet, as the highly transmissible Lambda variant reaches almost thirty countries, but we must wait and see what this means as at this point it’s too early to know whether the mutation could be more deadly than other strains or whether it’s resistant to vaccines or treatments.

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Pokuaa Oduro-Bonsrah


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Demonstrators hold posters reading 'Don't Be Greedy', 'Share with the World' and 'SAVE' (Share American Vaccine with Everyone) during a protest asking for the US to share their vaccines with the world. (Credit: EPA/Etienne Laurent)

🔚😷Human rights way to end the pandemic. Geneva-based NGO teamed up with the UN human rights council and ambassadors from across the globe, calling for vaccines equity, whilst offering solutions to address the current disparities. Currently, the three billion doses administered are mostly in high income countries, whilst lower income nations wait for first shipments to arrive, which has the potential to prolong Covid vaccination schemes by five decades.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

💉📣Calling out big pharma. The World Health Organization chief, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged global Covid mRNA vaccines manufacturers, namely Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna to share their technological know-how with more manufacturers in low-middle income countries. In a press briefing Tedros also called on all countries to accept all WHO approved vaccines, taking a jab at the new European Union Covid digital pass.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

Here’s what else is happening

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By artist Edilberto Jimenez, drawings compiled in a book his interpretation of the sufferings that Peruvians have endured during Covid. (Credit: AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

🦠 Yet another Covid strain spreading fast. The Lambda variant has now spread to more than two dozen countries, prompting its addition to the World Health Organization’s list of coronavirus variants, which identifies strains more transmissible than the original. First identified in Peru last year, the Lambda variant is responsible for 82 per cent of new Covid cases over the past two months in the country, which also has the world’s highest coronavirus mortality rate.


Next on the agenda

📍12 July | The role of in vitro diagnostics in early detection and treatment of cancer The dialogue hosted by the Union for International Cancer Control will focus on the importance of in vitro diagnostics (IVDs), barriers and challenges to equitable access to IVDs and opportunities to build integrative and collaborative solutions for IVDs.


📍13 July | Leaving no one behind in routine immunisations: Spotlight on measles Extraordinary progress has been made in reducing the vaccination gap between lower-income and higher-income countries but the Covid-19 pandemic is threatening this progress, with millions of children being left behind. At this event a group of international organisations will provide ways to achieve an inclusive and effective path forward.

Sustainable Development Goals (EN)

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