COVID-19
Oxfam inequality report Rising inequality a form of economic violence by governments, says Oxfam report

The report claims that misplaced government policies have resulted in rising inequality, with the wealth of the top 10 richest men doubling during the pandemic between March 2020 and November 2021 when the incomes of 99% of the world’s population have suffered

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

Omicron cases and rising positivity rate in major cities of India

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discusses the rising number of Omicron cases in major countries, as well as the high positivity rate in metropolitan cities in India

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

‘Omicron’ explosion and the beginning of an overwhelmed healthcare system?

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the Omicron variant, which seems to have displaced Delta in India and could infect more people than its predecessor

US public school teachers fight for COVID safety

As the US breaks the global world record for daily COVID cases, teachers are demanding basic safety precautions

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

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

US health infrastructure once again unprepared for COVID-19 surge

In the nation with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, people in the US are confronting a third wave of coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant surges through the country.

The many faces of travel bans

After the discovery of omicron, several rich countries blocked air traffic to southern Africa, stalling the delivery of supplies needed for the pandemic response and showing their racist bias towards the Global South

FAO report Food insecurity 141 million suffering from food shortages in Arab world: FAO report

Out of the 420 million total population in the region, 69 million are currently severely malnourished due to extreme food scarcity, war-related famines and COVID-19, with Yemen and Somalia the worst-affected

Super immunity against coronavirus wanes with time, suggests new research

The research was conducted before the emergence of the Omicron variant and has raised concern about how capable double immunity would be against Omicron

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