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SUNS # 9344 Tuesday 11 May 2021

United Nations : Acute food insecurity hits five-year high, says report (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
At least 155 million people were acutely food insecure and in need of urgent assistance in 55 countries/territories in 2020, representing an increase of nearly 20 million people since 2019, and the highest level reached in five years.

Brazil : Court rules against patent extension provision (PRIV)
(Lean Ka-Min, Penang)
A provision in Brazil's intellectual property law that allows for unlimited patent term extensions has been declared unconstitutional by the Brazilian Supreme Court, in a decision that could enhance the availability of affordable medicines to patients in need.

United Nations : 20 million more people face food crises (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The COVID-19 pandemic, protracted conflicts and climate change have created an untenable situation for the most vulnerable, with 155 million people across 55 territories suffering from severe food insecurity, sending acute hunger figures to a 5-year high.

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