Fight against corona: curevac: suspend patents for vaccines

Curevac boss Franz-Werner Haas wants to promote international cooperation. Photo: AFP / THOMAS KIENZLE

The head of the Tubingen biotech company Curevac is in favor of not letting the patents expire in the fight against Corona, but suspending them for a short time. This allows research to work faster.

Stuttgart – Franz-Werner Haas, the CEO of the Tubingen biotech company Curevac, calls for close international cooperation to promote the further development of a corona vaccine. In addition to sharing study data on the effectiveness of existing vaccines, it also includes the suspension of patents, he told our newspaper. The patents should be granted in principle, but suspended in the pandemic phase. He is following a recommendation of the World Trade Organization (WTO). "We need each other," says Curevac founder Ingmar Hoerr about combating the pandemic. "The board we are drilling is just too thick."

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Fight against corona: chancellery wants regional differences

No broad relaxation, but greater regional differences in the fight against corona – that is the course of the federal government. NRW Prime Minister Laschet is promoting relaxation and pointing out damage to the measures.

The federal government does not expect a broad and uniform relaxation of the corona measures. This emerges from an interim balance of the previous restrictions by Chancellery Minister Helge Braun, which was sent to the MPs of the grand coalition last Friday and from which the news agency dpa quoted.

Accordingly, it says in the letter that when reviewing the measures with the federal states "it must also be taken into account that the epidemic does not spread evenly in Germany, but that the situation may vary from region to region". This could mean "that restrictions in certain regions must be maintained or tightened again after loosening them in the meantime," continues Braun. In order to avoid overloading the health system in the long term, it is "too early" to lift the contact restrictions..

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Fight against hunger and poverty

In 1981, 550 million people worldwide are undernourished. Over 60,000 uprooted people live in the Ogaden camps alone. In the embattled region of Africa between Somalia and Ethiopia, refugee misery and famine are worse than anywhere else in the world.

The dialogue between the wealthy and the poor countries is to begin in the Mexican seaside resort of Cancún. With the help of the United Nations, the countries are striving for more global cooperation, but this goal is watered down by ambiguous formulas.

Angola

In the port of the Angolan city of Luanda there are 60 ships that cannot be unloaded. The port facilities are broken and cannot be repaired due to a lack of spare parts. The Angolan government costs money every day, making deliveries that are already too expensive. The trade necessary for the north only pays off in the young states for the few functionaries and technocrats in the capital.

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Fight against coronavirus: how the armed forces and churches are helping

The Bundeswehr now also wants to intervene more intensively in the fight against the corona virus. Reservists are to be used in Bundeswehr hospitals. The churches face a very special challenge.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has promised to help the Bundeswehr in the fight against the new type of corona virus. "We plan at all levels in such a way that we can safely cover all critical areas – including what administrative assistance is in store for us," said Kramp-Karrenbauer of "Welt am Sonntag".

Reservists for Bundeswehr hospitals

The Bundeswehr has just called on its reservists to report to help in the Bundeswehr hospitals. The Bundeswehr is already providing administrative assistance to the Federal Ministry of Health with its procurement office, said Kramp-Karrenbauer.

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Fight against child pornography: raid against 50 suspects

After the raids in connection with the Bergisch Gladbach abuse complex yesterday, the investigators released details. There are two women among the 50 suspects. No arrest warrants were carried out.

There were raids in twelve federal states against 50 suspects who are said to have owned or distributed child pornographic material – after the police action in the vicinity of the Bergisch Gladbach abuse complex yesterday, the investigators in Cologne gave details.

Accordingly, 60 objects were searched during the action, as the head of the "Berg" investigative commission, Michael Esser, announced. 1,000 police officers were on duty and more than 2,000 pieces of evidence were seized. Among other things, these are data carriers, said Esser. The evaluation will take up a lot of time. Among other things, safes were also secured.

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