Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Will COVID-19 become a mostly childhood disease?

Within the next few years, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus becomes endemic in the global population, COVID-19 may behave like other common-cold coronaviruses, affecting mostly young children who have not yet been vaccinated or exposed ...

Vaccination

WTO inches forward in COVID vaccine patent waiver talks

After months of debate, WTO members on Wednesday took a first, small step towards a deal aimed at boosting production of COVID vaccines and treatments through patent waivers or compulsory licensing deals.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Expert says origins of pandemic could be known in few years

The global community will find out "fairly soon, within the next few years" what started the coronavirus pandemic, a key member of a World Health Organization-led investigation into the pandemic's origins said on Wednesday.

Vaccination

Supply chain strain threatening COVID vaccine mass scale-up

The unprecedented scaling-up of vaccine manufacturing to counter COVID-19 has sparked dangerous shortages in the supply chain, global players acknowledged Tuesday after brainstorming how to speed up production of the jabs.

Medical economics

Waiver war at WTO over Covid jab IP rights

The World Trade Organization faces calls led by India and South Africa to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines—a notion fiercely rejected by pharmaceutical giants and their host countries.

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