The Narendra Modi government in India chose to believe that it had defeated the pandemic, and therefore the slow pace of its vaccination program posed no problems
China and India are the only two major countries that have been willing to export vaccines while also vaccinating their own people. Meanwhile, to rich countries, the billions of dollars of vaccine market for Big Pharma far outweigh the benefits of saving millions of lives
While a public desperate for protection against COVID-19 is quick to shame “vaccine hunters,” the real culprits are the companies refusing to share their publicly funded intellectual property and the governments allowing them to get away with it.
Bharat Biotech has claimed in a press release that its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, Covaxin, showed 81% efficacy in the “first interim analysis” of phase-3 trials.
The pharma giant is asked to pay more than half a billion dollars in fines for pushing aggressive campaigns to boost drug sales by understating their side effects and addiction possibilities.
Nandita Venkatesan and her co-petitioner from South Africa, Phumeza Tisile, are challenging a further extension of the patent that Johnson & Johnson has applied for the salt form of the drug, bedaquline that could be of vital importance in treating drug-resistant TB