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Whoever invents a coronavirus vaccine will control the patent – and, importantly, who gets to use it

With research laboratories around the world racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, a unique challenge has emerged: how to balance intellectual property rights with serving the public good. Questions of patent protection and access to those patents has prompted an international group of scientists and lawyers to establish the Open COVID Pledge. This movement calls […]

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Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

First came a high fever, drenching sweats and muscle aches. Then, almost a month later, a weird numbness that spread down the right side of her body. Darlene Gildersleeve thought she had recovered from COVID-19. Doctors said she just needed rest. And for several days, no one suspected her worsening symptoms were related—until a May […]

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How I Showed A Doctor I Know My Body Best

On April 29th, I sat in my medical provider’s office exasperated. I had called in advance about the purpose of my appointment. In about a month I was traveling to Senegal with Tastemakers Africa, a black woman-owned travel company to celebrate one of my friend’s life achievements and to meet someone I’d been talking to […]

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Cycle power: Bikes emerge as a post-lockdown commuter option

Halfway through his 30-minute bike ride to work, police ordered Juan Pasamar to dismount, accusing him of breaking Spain’s coronavirus lockdown rules by exercising in public. The officers were not buying his explanation he was commuting to his job outside of Zaragoza, the northern city where he lives. “You have a car, don’t you? Why […]