Opinion by Ruth L. Okediji Updated 1136 GMT (1936 HKT) May 7, 2021 Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. The views expressed in this commentary belong solely to the author. Read more from As Equals . For information about how the series is funded and more, check out our FAQs . On Wednesday May 5, the US moved to back a Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver that was being debated at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The proposal, first put forward by South Africa and India in October 2020, seeks to temporarily lift certain intellectual property rights that belong to pharmaceutical companies so that other nations can develop generic versions of the drugs. As awareness of vaccine inequality has grown, patents and other types of intellectual property have become central to how the world emerges from the pandemic. Read More Ironically, the patent system was supposed to improve public … [Read more...] about With a Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver likely, time to rethink global intellectual property rules
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WASHINGTON: Anita Glick felt somewhat liberated as she walked her friend's dog around Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood this week, her face mask looped around a wrist thanks to US health authorities' new guidance on outdoor mask wearing. But even under the eased US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules, which say people like her who are vaccinated against COVID-19 need not wear masks outside in most cases, the 70-year-old retired teacher said she would keep hers on around others as a courtesy. "I don't really want to make a total stranger go through, 'Should I cross the street? Has she been vaccinated? Could she be infected?'" said Glick, fully inoculated since February. She added that she might keep wearing masks in the future to help with her seasonal allergies, even though "they're a pain, and they fog up my glasses, and if I've just eaten something I'm smelling it all day". READ: Vaccinated people in the US can now go outdoors without a mask most of the … [Read more...] about ‘You feel naked’: Some Americans hesitate to shed COVID-19 masks despite eased outdoor rules
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for May 4 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Fully vaccinated travelers visiting the Bahamas can now skip coronavirus testing. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism announced the new protocol for vaccinated travelers over the weekend. Starting Saturday, the island nation began allowing visitors who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period to enter the country and travel around the islands without being tested, according to the website . However, there are some stipulations. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC NO LONGER REQUIRING COVID-19 TESTS FOR TRAVELERS The Bahamas is only accepting four vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca. Travelers will have to upload valid proof of their vaccine to their Bahamas Travel Health Visa. Meanwhile, unvaccinated travelers will still have to show proof of a … [Read more...] about The Bahamas lifts COVID-19 testing rule for vaccinated travelers
“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone . He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here? See Also Review: Kamasi Washington's New … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the New Jazz Resurgence?
There's an after-work mood in the air in Warsaw on a recent Thursday evening with all the usual hustle and bustle on the streets between the Palace of Culture and the city's central train station. People are in a hurry, as most of them stare at their cell phones. But a small, colorfully dressed group of mostly elderly women stand out in the grey crowd. They call themselves the "Polish Grannies" and want to be more than the cliché image of elderly women who prepare dumplings, crochet and play with her grandchildren. While they do all those things as well, they also take to the street. Many of them have been demonstrating on a regular basis for the past six years now carrying European and rainbow flags. They chose a flag similar to the LGBT+ community's rainbow flag as their symbol, with the words, "Polish Grandmas, the strength of the powerless" adorning it. As they stand on the street, the words "It will be beautiful, it will be normal," blast from nearby loudspeakers. These … [Read more...] about Polish grannies demonstrate for democracy