3 October 2020

• South Africa and India ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive provisions of the TRIPS agreement to enable access to coronavirus diagnostics, treatments and vaccines; specifically, their request includes rules on patents, industrial designs, copyrights, and protection of trade secrets “ …until widespread vaccination is in place globally, and the majority of the world’s population has developed immunity to Covid-19.” Sources 1,2
• India’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 100,000, joining the US and Brazil  as the third country with over 100,000 deaths. Source
• The Solomon Islands reports its first case of coronavirus in a student who was repatriated from the Philippines. Source

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