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Saturday July 11st, 2020 evening edition

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FILE PHOTO: Microsoft Founder Bill Gates attends the 10th World Health Summit 2018 event in Berlin, Germany, October 16, 2018.

(Reuters) - Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic.

“We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity, not just on market-driven factors.”.

Gates said efforts begun two decades ago to battle the global HIV/AIDS crisis, when countries came together to eventually make medicines available in most of the world including Africa, can serve as a model for making COVID-19 medicines widely accessible.

As examples he pointed to the 2002-created Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the U.S.-based President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief to get medicines to people to combat some of the world’s deadliest diseases as examples.

“One of the best lessons in the fight against HIV/AIDS is the importance of building this large, fair global distribution system to get the drugs out to everyone,” Gates said. »

Sudan ratifies law criminalizing female genital mutilation

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CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s ruling body ratified a law banning the widespread practice of female genital mutilation, the justice ministry announced Friday, handing the movement for women’s rights in the African country a long-sought victory.

Female genital mutilation “degrades the dignity of women,” the justice ministry declared in its statement.

During al-Bashir’s rule some Sudanese clerics said forms of female genital mutilation, or FGM, were religiously allowed, arguing that the only debate was over whether it was required or not. »

Canadians push back as U.S. Congress pressures Canada to reopen shared border

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OTTAWA -- As U.S. members of Congress push Canada to reopen its shared border with the United States, Canadians are pushing back — both in government and on social media.

The members of Congress, who represent the northern states along the border, also implored the Canadian government to consider easing restrictions on family members and property owners impeded by the border closure.

"Decisions about Canada's border are made by Canadians, for Canadians," said Freeland's spokesperson, Katherine Cuplinskas, in the statement. »

Social Programs Can Sometimes Turn a Profit for Taxpayers

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The government saved money because it would have paid for part of those hospital bills.

The now-adult beneficiaries had more education and earned more money than people in similar situations whose mothers did not get Medicaid benefits.

It’s not surprising that the children of women who had better health care grew up to be healthier adults and higher earners. »