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Coronavirus vaccine: profits Vs public health. The European Commission has raised at least €9.8 billion for a Coronavirus Global Response. It's President Ursula von der Leyen promised that any future vaccine would be “our universal, common good.” echoing UN's António Guterres who said that #COVID19 vaccine must be considered "a global public good. Not a vaccine for one country or one region". However, a crucial question posing a dilemma for both the pharmaceutical industry and politicians around the globe is already emerging: which countries will be served first with a vaccine? Whoever wins the race to come up with a successful coronavirus vaccine will also win massive profits. But while the industry vows to make a vaccine globally accessible, not all are on board with that idea, watch.
Who will lead the World Trade Organization? A political heavy-hitter from Nigeria is shaking up the race to lead the World Trade Organization but will the rest of Africa rally behind her candidacy? Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister and corruption-buster who now sits on the board of Twitter, to succeed Brazil's Roberto Azevêdo as WTO director-general. Okonjo-Iweala's critics argue her expertise lies more in finance than trade, with one diplomat saying she was"not a trade name." so here's what she has to say:
COVID-19: large scale job losses, 400 million full-time jobs. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on working hours and earnings, globally. Even in the best scenario, and risks seeing continuing large scale job losses, warns the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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Economist Mariana Mazzuca “We have to do all we can not to go back to normal, normal is what got us into this mess”Reviewing the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on economies and vulnerable groups is critical to guide and tweak the responses of governments and stakeholders in order to recover from the crisis. Given that, how are governments responding? How critical is addressing short-termism in the business community-value extraction amidst the current pandemic? The interplay of cost vs value of public workers?
COVID-19 is affecting refugees amidst their existing precarious situations. Ahead of World Refugee Day, WHO call to protect refugees during the Covid19 pandemic. An unprecedented 79.5 million* people around the world have been forced from home by conflict and persecution at the end of 2019.
Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, explaining that #sustainability is one of the pillars for Starbucks to make social #impact. He gives a few examples on how Starbucks keeps being innovative aiming to be nr1 company in the world to be sustainable from farmer to final products and how these are sold.
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