COVID Vaccine
How pharma companies created a bottleneck in vaccine distribution

Private pharma companies and developed nations have created a bottleneck in vaccine distribution through the use of patents and legislation

Farmers lead shutdown across India to mark 4 months of protest and other stories

Today we take a look at a nationwide shutdown led by farmers in India, a controversial voting bill passed in Georgia, US, the annual Peasant March in Paraguay, the results of Israel’s parliamentary elections, and reports of the Indian government placing restrictions on exports of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Cuba working on a ‘People’s Vaccine’: the US and the world should get behind it

Amid growing accusations of vaccine hoarding by global north countries and patents blocking vaccine production, researcher and filmmaker Beth Geglia writes about the importance of supporting Cuba’s vaccines which will be available to all

Train workers strike in Santiago as protests continue in Chile and other stories

We take a look at the strike by Santiago Subway workers in Chile, the deaths of over 12 minors during a military operation in Colombia, congressional approval of the 1.9 trillion dollar Covid relief bill in the US, an appeal by low income and poor countries to WTO to waive vaccine patents, and the annulment of the criminal convictions against Brazil’s former progressive president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

COVID-19: Can we make vaccines that work against all variants?

Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talk about the new variants of COVID-19 that are emerging and the possibilities of developing a single vaccine for the disease

WHO warns rich nations against hoarding COVID-19 vaccines, calls for vaccine equity

“Vaccine nationalism” has made a handful of rich countries amass more doses than required while the majority of the poorer nations have not received a single dose of the different vaccines available

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