COVID-19 vaccine
Venezuela launches vaccination drive against COVID-19

Despite the harsh economic sanctions and commercial blockade against Venezuela imposed by the US and supported by the EU, the government of President Nicolás Maduro is making every possible effort to secure anti-COVID-19 vaccines

Antonio Guterres criticizes unequal global access to COVID-19 vaccines, calls it ‘wildly unfair’

The UN secretary general pointed out that 75% of all vaccinations so far have been administered in just 10 rich countries, whereas 130 mostly poor countries have not received a single dose of vaccine

Chilean teachers reject plan to reopen schools in March

The national school teachers’ union in Chile stressed that only vaccinating teachers is not enough for a safe return to school, while government authorities have alleged the teachers have been on vacation and don’t want to work

Amid delay and denial of access by Israel, COVID-19 vaccination finally starts in Palestine

Israel’s deliberate denial of access to vaccines to the Palestinians, a violation of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention, has been criticized by the WHO and other human rights groups with some calling it “vaccine apartheid”

IMF and big business for universal vaccination: Better red than dead

The me-first policy on vaccine sharing will bring losses of $203 billion to $5 trillion to rich countries, while the returns are the highest if they support global universal vaccination

COVID-19 in Austria Austrian left demands free availability of mandatory FFP2 masks

In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 infections, the Austrian government made it mandatory for people to wear medical-grade FFP2 masks in public transport, hospitals, shops and other establishments from January 25

Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights

This week’s episode looks at healthcare workers on strike in Peru, the farmers protest in India, and we have a special segment from Brazil on the vaccine

Peruvian health workers embark on an indefinite strike

The healthcare professionals are demanding a greater budget for the public health sector in 2021 given the unprecedented situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Communist youth mobilize across Italy demanding safety in schools

Leftist organizations in Italy have condemned the government’s lack of planning when it comes to the education sector and its bowing to the interests of corporates

Bolivia approves emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

Bolivia hopes to vaccinate up to 20% of its population in the first quarter of this year. The health ministry has endorsed Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s CoronaVac vaccines against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines: Differences, costs, and challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic saw the fastest development of a vaccine ever, with a number of research collaborations making this feat possible. But many challenges also remain

How has biotechnology evolved over the past two decades?

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha and immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discuss the developments in biotechnology over the past two decades, especially the hype around genetic engineering

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