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Healthcare & Life Sciences

05 August 2020
André Maré African Union publishes COVID-19 vaccine strategy

Africa - ENSafrica

The African Union (AU) recently published a COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The strategy was announced in a communique issued by the AU ministers of health and heads of delegation following a virtual conference on 24 and 25 June 2020. Access to medicine in Africa is a recurring concern and it may be an opportune moment to use the response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a blueprint to secure future access to pharmaceuticals – including vaccines – for Africans.

Author: André Maré
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José Alberto Campos Vargas Tobacco yes, marijuana yes, vaping no: absurd approach to major health problem

Mexico - Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC

The Mexican health authorities argue that the use of vaping products constitutes a health risk and promotes tobacco product use by smokers and non-smokers alike. Based on this interpretation, the health authorities have made several attempts to prohibit the sale and marketing of vaping products. Most of these attempts have been challenged by individuals or legal entities engaged in the tobacco industry, with favourable outcomes in the federal courts and the Supreme Court of Justice.

Authors: José Alberto Campos Vargas, Ernesto Vega Saldivar
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Khelin N Aiken FDA issues draft guidance on clinical research of cannabis and cannabis-related products

USA - Baker McKenzie

The US Food and Drug Administration recently issued its draft guidance on clinical research for the development of drugs that contain cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds of botanical origin (as opposed to synthetic). The guidance provides some clarity on the use of cannabis in clinical research in light of the changes made by the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018, which federally legalised hemp and derivatives that contain no more than 0.3% by dry weight of THC.

Authors: Khelin N Aiken, Martine Gaetan
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Mexico - Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC

Authors: José Alberto Campos Vargas, Ernesto Vega Saldivar
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South Africa - ENSafrica

Author: Joanne van Harmelen
Nicole Jadeja Life sciences patent bargain front and centre in Regeneron v Kymab

United Kingdom - Pinsent Masons

Authors: Nicole Jadeja, Sarah Taylor, Anna Harley
Rainer Herzig Relevance of expert guidelines for assessing medical malpractice

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

Author: Rainer Herzig
Caroline von Nussbaum Compulsory licensing under Infection Protection Act: effects on data exclusivity under pharmaceutical law

Germany - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Authors: Caroline von Nussbaum, Fabian Huber
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Canada - Smart & Biggar

Author: Urszula Wojtyra

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