Posted on Thu 10 Dec 2020, 06:04 AM

The World Trade Organization said Wednesday it had received a 900,000-signatory petition calling for patents to be lifted on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.

The virtual petition, organised by the global citizen activism group Avaaz, was submitted ahead of Thursday’s meeting of the Council for Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
WTO member states were set to continue talks on proposals to waive certain TRIPS obligations concerning the prevention, containment or treatment of Covid-19.

Posted on Thu 29 Oct 2020, 06:14 PM

Exxon Mobil said Thursday it will eliminate 1,900 US jobs as part of a global cost-cutting drive that will shrink its global workforce by about 15 percent over the next two years.

The US oil giant said the hit from the coronavirus pandemic — which has driven oil prices lower — was a factor in the downsizing, which will primarily impact management staff in Houston, through a mix off of voluntary programs and involuntary layoffs.

Posted on Wed 29 Apr 2020, 05:42 PM

German labs are now able to carry out almost 900,000 tests a week for the novel coronavirus, officials said on Wednesday, as they plan to widen testing among health workers.

“Today, we have a theoretically possible capacity of almost 900,000 tests (per week) in Germany already, as long as the materials for these tests are available,” Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters in Berlin.

Roughly 470,000 tests were carried out last week, suggesting there is a spare capacity that could help prevent outbreaks among medical staff at hospitals and care homes.


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