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From Protecting Marine Life To Providing Medicines To All: Changemakers At Davos 2020

This article by Menaka Doshi for BloombergQuint provides an overview of two different topics covered during the 2020 World Economic Forum. The second part of the article, "Accessibility Is Not Just A Third-World Problem Today," discusses the urgent need for global access to medicine. Included is an exclusive video interview with Executive Director Jayasree Iyer. 

The article provides an overview of the Access to Medicine Foundation and how it works with global pharmaceutical companies to provide medicines to people living in low-income countries, including those where people earn less than a dollar a day. “We try to incentivise the companies by inviting them to tell us how they address this challenge (of accessibility),” Jayasree K. Iyer told BloombergQuint on the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

The interview concludes with a quote from Iyer: 
“If companies are serious about the issue, they will be able to solve the problem by looking at the cost of production, excessive promotions, and invest in the research and development that also addresses the needs of the poor.”

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