COVID-19 vaccines
Public pharma for Europe, a game-changer for access to medicines

A growing number of organizations in Europe is demanding a complete overhaul of regional pharma policies in order to protect people’s health over profits

COVID vaccine contracts South Africa Health activists reveal Big Pharma’s COVID-19 vaccine heist in South Africa

In a bid for transparency, health activists and civil society in South Africa have published the details of COVID-19 vaccine contracts between pharmaceutical giants and government. This follows a Pretoria High Court order instructing the Department of Health to disclose the contracts and proceedings of meetings pertaining to the procurement of vaccine doses

Cuban president slams US for “genocidal act” of depriving Cubans of oxygen during the pandemic

Cuba was prohibited from accessing spare parts for their only oxygen plant as well as importing medical oxygen due to the blockade, as COVID-19 ran rampant

In four years of Bolsonaro, healthcare lost funding, quality and reach

The new government begins work with billions less for the sector and faces the challenge of rebuilding primary care

What is up with the new Covid variants and how dangerous are they?

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and NewsClick’s Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha discuss reports of new COVID-19 variants and what it means for public health authorities across the world

Cuban Vaccine to be produced in Italy in attempt to solve WHO prequalification hurdle

Cuba–Italy collaboration on COVID-19 moves forward as memorandum for production of vaccines is signed between Finlay Institute of Vaccines and Italian biotech company

NeuralCIM Cuba Cuba strides ahead in research of new Alzheimer’s treatment

Cuban scientists have announced the next stage of research on NeuralCIM, a neuroprotective drug for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia

Will Monkeypox Outbreak Replay AIDS and Covid-19 Script?

The West cannot keep infectious diseases out any more than claim victory over them. Microbes evolve and strike back unless sporadic outbreaks are tackled wherever they occur

Health workers will not stop fighting for a better alternative to WTO COVID-19 response

George Poe Williams from the National Health Workers Union of Liberia comments on the recent outcome of the WTO Ministerial Conference and the disappointment this has caused among health workers

IP at World Health Assembly Private monopolies hinder progress on public health: intellectual property at the 75th World Health Assembly

Obstruction by pharmaceutical companies from the Global North and misuse of monopoly privileges continue to slow down research into new vaccines and medicines, with disastrous effects for people’s health in the Global South. Discussions at the 75th World Health Assembly did little to address this

Will health be used as a way to pressure Global South on Ukraine war?

The government of Lithuania reversed its decision to donate almost half a million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh after the latter abstained during the UN resolution on the war in Ukraine. This sets an alarming precedent

Vaccines don’t block transmissions but reduce hospitalization & deaths

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and NewsClick’s Prabir Purkayastha looks at the rising cases in Europe and South-East Asia, as well as wider topics of science, technology and health