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Latin American officials on Wednesday highlighted how the pandemic has exposed the dangers of the high dependence of the region on imports of health technologies from the international community.

What they're saying: "The region... must never experience the dependency that it experienced with COVID-19," Carla Vizzotti, Argentina's minister of health, said during a panel hosted by the Atlantic Council and Axios Latino. "We must altogether say 'never again."

  • “We need to accelerate our self sufficiency by mobilizing multi-sectoral and with the stakeholders participation," Vizzotti added.

Driving the news: A May 2020 study found that less than 4% of medical products essential to combatting COVID-19 were sourced from within Latin America and the Caribbean.

The big picture: To help provide the region and other low-income countries worldwide with the needed supplies and knowledge to develop affordable health technologies, the World Health Organization, in partnership with Costa Rica, last year launched the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) initiative.

  • The initiative calls on developers of COVID-19 health technologies to "share their intellectual property, knowledge and data" with quality-assured manufacturers.
  • But the initiative "has not advanced, as expected, particularly because large countries... have not joined," Costa Rica Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr said.
  • "It is insufficient if we feel like we can only work with countries that have more money and leave behind the poorer countries," she added.

Watch the full event here.

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Why it matters: Nearly 476 police officers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, compared to the 93 deaths as a result of gunfire in the same time period, according to ODMP and CNN.

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U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.