COVID-19 vaccines
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

European Union prefers corporate profits over the health of people across the world

By showing reluctance on the patent waiver on COVID-19-related products even after the majority of its population is vaccinated, the EU leadership has once again taken the side of Big Pharma and perpetuated vaccine apartheid

Israel attacks Gaza again, South African Dairy farmers on strike and other stories

Today we look at renewed attacks by Israel on Gaza, the ongoing strike by workers at the Clover company in South Africa, and more

Omicron: New vaccines get emergency use approval

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and NewsClick’s Prabir Purkayastha discuss the emerging Omicron situation and new vaccines that have received the emergency use approval in India, including the oral-drug Molnupiravir

Africa’s vaccination rate lags at 8% as booster doses deepen inequity and other stories

Today’s episode looks at the slow vaccination rate in Africa, the postponement of elections in Libya, and an end to the Kellogg’s strike

China and African countries take steps to enhance ties

Mikaela Erskog, a researcher with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and a member of the Pan Africanism Today Secretariat, talks about the recent Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation