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Indian health workers doing health checks in Mumbai, June 17, 2020. AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits

The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.
Medicine shortages occur too often in Australia, which is reliant on the global supply chain. from shutterstock.com

New law won’t safeguard medicine supply – it’ll only ensure we know there’s a shortage

Recently passed legislation will ensure pharmaceutical companies report shortages of medicines. This is only about notifications. It won't prevent medicine shortages themselves.
Humans didn’t evolve to deal with the unique conditions of space travel. Bluedharma/Flickr

What medicines would we pack for a trip to Mars?

Hollywood may already have done it but when we eventually send real astronauts to Mars, what medicines should we arm them with? And will they work the same way as they do on Earth?

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