Experts highlight contradiction in India push for exemption from intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; Public health advocates and intellectual property rights experts point to a “contradiction” in India’s global pressure to suspend intellectual property protection with its position at the Supreme Court which carries Covid vaccines under a legal regime will be “counterproductive” in this case.
- India, together with South Africa, had launched a proposal for a temporary exemption from certain provisions of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in order to facilitate fair, affordable access. and universal to vaccines and drugs. Covid-19, especially for developing countries.
- October 2020 communication to the World Trade Organization (WTO) TRIPS Council referred to “various reports on intellectual property rights that impede or potentially hinder the timely delivery of affordable medical products to patients.”
- The two countries had stressed that some WTO Members had urgently made legal changes to their national patent laws in order to speed up the process of issuing compulsory / government use licenses.
- United States recently expressed support for an intellectual property exemption for Covid-19 vaccines.
- However, experts point to an affidavit filed by the Center in the Supreme Court on May 9, 2021, showing that the government is taking a different stance in favor of protecting intellectual property rights.
- Any exercise of legal powers, whether under the Patents Act 1970, read with the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration, or in any other way, can only backfire on us. stadium.
- The government assures that it engages very actively with the world organizations at the diplomatic level to find a solution in the best possible interest of India.
Foreign nationals of India affected by Home Ministry notification plan to take battle to Supreme Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; Ministry of Home Affairs’ March 4 order requiring overseas citizens of India (OIC) professionals, such as journalists, engineers and researchers, to notify the ministry of their activities in India, left them in a bind.
- A portal which was to be created for this purpose is not yet operational. A ministry official said this was delayed because several officials from the ministry’s foreigners division tested positive for Covid-19 last month. A senior officer, A. Radharani, succumbed to the virus last week.
- The official said that OICs could notify the Regional Aliens Registration Office (FRRO) via email until the portal is activated. Rajanna Sreedhara, president of the OIC Residents and Families Association (AROCIF), said they were planning to challenge the ministry’s notification in the Supreme Court because they believed it was discriminatory.
- On March 4, the Ministry published a notice in the newsletter that BEC cardholders could claim “only NRI (Non-Resident Indian) quota places” at educational institutions.
- It specifies that OCIs can only exercise the following professions: doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists, lawyers, architects and accountants; the rest would require a “special permit”.
- OICs are of Indian origin but have foreign passports. India does not allow dual citizenship, but offers certain advantages to OICs under Section 7B (I) of the Citizenship Act 1955.
- So far 37.72 lakhs of OCI cards have reportedly been issued.
- The notification stated that OICs must obtain a “special permit or special permit” from the competent authority or the FRRO or Indian mission “to carry out investigative, mission or tabligh or investigative activities or practices. mountaineering or journalism in foreign diplomatic missions. ”
DCGI approves phase III trials of Covaxin
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; The Comptroller General of drugs of India (DCGI) accepted the recommendation of the Subject Matter Expert Committee (SEC) and authorized Bharat Biotech to conduct the phase II / III clinical trial of its Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin in the group of age two to 18 years for its manufacturer Bharat Biotech Ltd.
- A statement issued Thursday by the Health Ministry indicated that Bharat Biotech had proposed to conduct a phase II / III clinical trial of Covaxin in the age group 2 to 18 years. The test will be performed on 525 healthy volunteers.
- In the trial, the vaccine will be administered intramuscularly in two doses on day 0 and day 28, the statement said.
The gap between Covishield doses increased from 6 to 8 weeks to 12 to 16 weeks.
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; The government accepted the Covid-19 task force’s recommendation to extend the gap between the two doses of the Covishield vaccine from 6 to 8 weeks to 12 to 16 weeks, the Union Health Department said, announcing the extension on Thursday.
- However, no changes were suggested for the Covaxin dosing interval.
“Based on the actual evidence available, particularly in the UK, the COVID-19 task force agreed to increase the dosing interval to 12-16 weeks between two doses of the Covishield vaccine. No change in the dose range of the Covaxin vaccine has been recommended, ”the ministry said.
Unnao campaign doctors resign en masse, alleging harassment by administration over Covid-19 work
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; More than a dozen rural hospital doctors in Unnao district, Uttar Pradesh, have collectively resigned, alleging harassment and misconduct by administrative officials.
- Sixteen doctors, stationed at community health centers and primary health centers, submitted their resignation letters to the district medical director (CMO) on Wednesday.
- Speaking to the media, one said that while their teams would work in the field from noon to 4 to 5 p.m., isolating positive Covid-19 cases in their homes, distributing medicines and taking samples, the local SDM would summon them after search for a report.
- Doctors would have to go back several kilometers to tehsil from their workplace just to “show they are working,” the doctor said.
- The doctors also alleged that they had not received an adequate supply of drugs from the government and that they were often subjected to verbal harassment by CMO and CMS.
- If field teams were unable to locate patients due to submitting incorrect phone numbers and addresses, they should not be held responsible, the doctors said.
India Resists ‘Community Transmission’ Label Despite Rising Cases
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; Despite adding the largest number of cases in the world every day, India continues to qualify as a community-free (CD) country, opting instead for the lower and less severe classification known as the ‘cluster of cases’, according to the last weekly Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) of May 11.
- Countries like the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France – and a reading of the list of more than 190 countries suggests that the majority – have labeled themselves “community transmitted.”
- Among the 10 countries with the highest number of confirmed cases, only Italy and Russia do not report “community transmission”.
- Both countries have been on a downward trajectory for at least a month and together contribute less than 20,000 cases per day, or about 5% of India’s daily count.
- India, since the beginning of the pandemic, has never marked itself as in community transition.
- Generally speaking, CT is the time when new cases in the last 14 days cannot be attributed to people with an international travel history, when cases cannot be linked to a specific group.
Priyanka Gandhi calls for a judicial inquiry into the bodies of the Ganges
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; Congress Secretary-General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said the situation in Uttar Pradesh is “inhuman and criminal” and demanded a judicial inquiry by a High Court judge into the various cases of bodies found floating in the Ganges in many parts of the state.
- Meanwhile, Unnao district authorities have ordered an investigation into new reports of bodies found buried on the banks of the Ganges in the area of Bighapur Patan tehsil.
- There have also been reports of bodies floating in the river at Ballia and other places in the U.P. and Bihar.
Put the FCRA on hold to facilitate the back-up flow, Nasscom request to PM
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; India’s IT industry body Nasscom has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant emergency use authorization for all vaccines approved by WHO due to national vaccine shortage and to temporarily relax the strict rules of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to facilitate the flow of COVID-19.
- Nasscom’s letter to the prime minister listed three “critical issues” to enable the industry to act faster to help the country navigate the second wave.
- On May 3, the government authorized the GST-free importation of donated pandemic relief supplies from abroad for free distribution within the country, delegating to states the certification of which entities will receive such imports.
- However, no exemptions have been granted to FCRA rules that require domestic entities receiving foreign aid to obtain approval from the Home Office.
- Amendments reported by Nasscom prohibit entities that receive foreign contributions from transferring them to someone else, so even entities registered under the FCRA to provide medical assistance cannot pass on patient aid materials. or small NGOs.
The (preliminary) civil service exam, which was scheduled for June 27, was postponed to October 10. The move comes after the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) postponed talks that would be conducted as part of the 2020 review last month. “Postponed to new orders” civil service review interviews for 2020 which were scheduled from April 26 to June 18. The new dates would be announced in due course.
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-05-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 2,37,81,509 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with an official toll of 2,59,315.
- The Sputnik V anti-Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the Russian National Gamaleya Center, will be available in India early next week, Aayog V.K. Paul said at a press conference on Thursday.
- Fifteen more Covid-19 patients died at Goa Hospital and Medical College (GMCH) in the early hours of Thursday, the state government told Bombay High Court, two days after 26 patients with of coronavirus succumbed to it.
- A bench of Goa HC said state authorities reported that some of the casualties may have occurred due to “logistical issues” with connecting the oxygen cylinders to the manifold (group of large gas cylinders ) which resulted in an interruption and a drop in pressure. oxygen supply lines to patients.