An urgent call for medical oxygen and other critical medical supplies from the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) comes as supplies dwindle and difficulties in delivering WHO medical supplies to Ukrainian hospitals intensify.
EU and African leaders laid out a number of promises to secure equitable access to vaccines at the end of a two-day summit in Brussels on Friday (18 February). No decision on lifting intellectual property rights was reached, however.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is expected to obtain a second term as World Health Organization chief, after the German government endorsed him and no other candidate is likely to stand before the deadline on Thursday (23 September).
The international pandemic treaty currently in the making should serve as a framework for future preparedness against global health threats, said European Council president Charles Michel, who originally came up with the idea.