Richa Chintan
Patents, profits and squabbles for share in the pie – Moderna’s pandemic story

Moderna’s filing for patents in South Africa puts a question mark on its intentions of honoring the pledge that it will not enforce patents during the pandemic. Activists fear that this may jeopardize the WHO’s technology sharing hub

Make WHO-recommended new COVID-19 drugs accessible, affordable, demands MSF

US pharma giant Eli Lilly has the patent for Baricitinib, which will affect its availability and accessibility. MSF has called on governments to take immediate steps to ensure that patent monopolies do not stand in the way of access to this drug

Cuba vaccine solidarity Cuba shows an alternative to Big Pharma hegemony through global solidarity

Cuba puts people before profits – showing the world an alternative to the monopolistic practices of Big Pharma. It promotes a public health system, state-funded research and shows global solidarity through tech transfer and vaccine delivery to developing countries

India’s fight against TB: Govt’s eerie silence over worsening situation, drug stock-outs

While India continues its poor performance in the global fight against TB, additional challenges are emerging in the form of Delamanid stock-outs and shortage of testing kits. Despite repeated inquiries from activists, the government keeps mum

Can poor countries succeed in vaccinating their population?

Public outcry in South Africa helped force Johnson & Johnson to retain the vaccines produced in the country for domestic use instead of being shipped to Europe. The Indian civil society has initiated a similar effort as the Global South looks for alternatives

Big pharma — Maximum earnings, minimum responsibilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has again exposed the true nature of capitalism with profit being the primary driver irrespective of the rising inequalities

david sanders David Sanders (1945-2019) and the struggle for right to health

David Sanders, who passed away on August 30, was passionate about participatory socialist democracy as a way to improve health and reduce inequality.

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