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SUNS # 9450 Tuesday 2 November 2021

WHO : No consensus on pandemic treaty, but report pushes two-track approach (PRIV)
(Nithin Ramakrishnan and K M Gopakumar, Kochi/New Delhi)
Despite the lack of consensus on the proposed pandemic treaty, the Bureau of the Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to health emergencies (WGPR) still pushes a two-track approach in its zero draft report (Draft Report).

COP26 : Glasgow climate talks kick off (PRIV)
(Prerna Bomzan, Glasgow)
The climate talks kicked off on 31 October in Glasgow, Scotland, following the adoption of agendas for the various meetings under the UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol (KP) and the Paris Agreement (PA). Work under the various bodies was launched, as world leaders began to arrive for the summit which will take place on Monday, 1 November.

COP26 : Parties express expectations for Glasgow outcomes (PRIV)
(Evelyn Teh, Glasgow)
At the joint-plenary session convened on 31 October at the climate talks, various groupings highlighted their key expectations for outcomes in Glasgow.

COVID-19 : Medicines Patent Pool license strengthens Merck's market control (PRIV)
(TWN, Penang)
The announcement of a Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp (MSD) and Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) voluntary licensing agreement on 27 October 2021 led to euphoric media headlines that MSD was sharing the recipe of its COVID-19 pill (molnupiravir) with poor countries.

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