Paula Dupraz-Dobias

Paula Dupraz-Dobias is an award-winning investigative journalist and news and documentary producer with over 30 years of experience in all forms of media in Europe, North America and South America. She is based in Switzerland, but works regularly in Peru and the United States.

WTO gives up on waiving IP rights for Covid drugs and tests - Geneva Solutions

After years of deliberations, countries have articulated irreconcilable splits over whether to extend a waiver to IP rights for Covid-19 vaccines to include therapeutics and diagnostics. This was made clear in draft reports published Tuesday, a day ahead of the World Trade Organizations’s (WTO) global trade body’s General Council meeting. Countries partly agreed in 2022 to an India and South Africa-led proposal to waive IP rights but only for jabs while leaving a decision on tests and drugs for

Services under threat after UN emergency funding for gender-based violence runs out

The day after Luz Vargas crossed the border from Venezuela into Colombia, a group of men forced her into a car and told her to forget her family in Venezuela. She would not be able to contact them again, they said. Vargas thought they were joking. The former radiology assistant, now 38, decided in 2018 to leave her three children in Caracas to find a better-paying radiology job in Colombia. A friend arranged the transportation. She soon realised that her friend worked for traffickers. “They to
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